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Health and Social Care (Health Studies) Extended Diploma Level 3 (City) at Sheffield College

Course description

The course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career in the health and social care sector and provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. It helps develop study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, presentations and work experience. 

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of 13 units of study that includes many different aspects of health and social care. There are 8 mandatory units and these include 3 which have externally set exams related to human lifespan development, anatomy and physiology and working in health and social care.

The rest of the units are work related assignments which are assessed by a variety of existing methods, these units include areas such as public health, individual care and support needs & safe working practices.  

Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. The one day a week placement, arranged with you, is tailored to your future employment or higher education progression. Tutors are always grateful for any ideas or contacts for placements. Students can work in a variety of different settings. These include nurseries, nursing homes, day centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation units, mental health units (including secure units), home care, women’s hostels, hospices and hospitals. (Please note hospital places are available but limited).

You will also be required to devote time outside of taught classes to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines. Course enrichment includes a range of activities to support assignment work and career/higher education progression. There are regular trips, taster days at universities and visiting speakers. These include visits to London, College of Nursing and Houses of Parliament,

In order for you to study on this programme you will need to have already achieved a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and English.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language, Maths and preferably Science.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course


BTEC Health and Social Care courses are assessed mostly by course work however there will also be some exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.

Financial information

The course costs including trips, visits, the DBS check and cost of the work placement uniform will approximately £100. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of uniform, trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Health and social care is one of the largest industry sectors and offers an extensive choice of careers. Students who successfully complete this course can apply to university/higher education courses. Past students have gone on to study Nursing, Midwifery, Social work, Early childhood studies, Occupational therapy, Youth and community work, Operating department practitioner, Applied social sciences, Psychology and sociology. There are direct employment opportunities from Level 3, for example hospital health care assistants, care home and domiciliary assistants etc.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

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      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

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      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

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