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Health and Social Care BTEC 90-credit Diploma Level 3 at Hackney Community College

Course description

This is a work-related qualification which develops themes required for careers or further study in the rewarding Health and Social Care sector. You will study for two years, taking the BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in year 1, which is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. If you achieve a merit / distinction in year 1, you can continue for a further year to a full Extended Diploma which expands the specialist work related focus of year 1 and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Core units include: – Effective Communication in Health and Social Care – Equality, Diversity and Rights – Health, Safety and Security – Human Lifespan Development – Anatomy and Physiology – Personal and Professional Development

You will also work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English, and there are optional classes for people wanting to achieve GCSE English, maths and science. In both years you will do work experience placements requiring a DBScheck.

Course content

You will take part in a variety of lively discussions, projects and classroom based activities. You will also do a 3-week work placement in a Health and Social Care or related setting where you will apply your skills. You will be visited and observed in the workplace by a tutor and you need to keep a reflective journal as evidence of what you have learnt. In college, you will also have Functional Skills English and Maths classes or take the opportunity of an extended timetable to gain GCSEs in English, Maths and Science (over two years).

Study takes place over 4 days. You will do between 19 and 24 hours per week depending on the maths and English options. You should also expect to do at least 5 hours per week of home study.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths at grades A-C, plus a written assessment and College interview.



The vocational qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which may include completed assignments, reports and research projects, controlled written assessment, presentations and activities assessed in class or while on work placement. Assignments are internally marked and graded and you will receive regular feedback on how to improve throughout the course to ensure you stay on track and help you achieve your desired grades. In addition you will take exam-based assessments in English and Maths, leading to Functional Skills qualifications.


Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

You can progress to university to study a range of subjects including Nursing, Social Work or Health and Social Care. After year one, if you stay to complete the full Extended Diploma, you can use this qualification to seek employment.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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