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Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Are you serious about pursuing an exciting, challenging career in health and social care? Do you have a genuine interest in finding out about the varying needs of people of all ages? If so, this Level 3 study programme can give you a really valuable qualification that opens doors to university or employment.

Course content

This programme is designed to give you a real grounding in the ethics and values of health and social care, as well as the knowledge needed for professional development. You will have opportunities to work with different health and care providers to widen your skill set. 

Modules in this subject include:

  • Communication - looking at contexts, alternative methods, barriers and theories of communication
  • Development Across the Life Stages- theories of ageing, the range of needs, life events and the impact they have
  • Sociology - theories of ill health, key sociological perspectives
  • Psychology - key theories and their application in practice
  • Personal and Professional Development- self development skills; your own skills in practice and linking theory to practice as well as completing work experience in a range of settings

The course will equip you with professional skills and depth of knowledge to pursue a career in this field. Our students really enjoy the practical experience on this programme and are able to use it to embed theory in practice.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

You will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start the course.


Most of this programme is assessed through coursework and assignments which means there is a lot of coursework and you need to be aware that this will impact on your life outside college. Good time management and being organised is key to getting higher grades. You need to remember that the more time you put into your coursework the more likely you are to achieve the higher grades.

Units are graded as pass, merit or distinction and to continue onto higher education (university) you will need to be aiming for merits in most of the units.

Future opportunities

This programme can open up all kinds of higher education options for you, including: nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work and primary teaching.

Q. Is this course suitable for a career in any of these areas: medicine, dentistry or secondary school teaching?
A. For these careers, you need subject specific courses (A Levels).

Further information

The college has its own computer system and you will be provided with login details and shown how to use this system. Part of this system is called the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and the team who teach you will put presentations, assignments and other resources that you need for your course on it. You can copy these resources onto your memory stick to help with coursework at home. If you have internet at home you will be able to access the VLE from your home computer.

Most classrooms have a modern interactive whiteboard. The college library has a good stock of health and social care books and you can borrow laptops overnight or for a weekend. There are also two study centres where you can book a computer to complete your college work. The staff in the study centre are always willing to help students find resources and information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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