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Health & Social Care BTEC Foundation 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 programme can give you a really valuable qualification that opens doors to university or employment.

Course content

This study 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. The qualification 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.

Students with a full Level 2 vocational qualification at Merit or above will also be considered. You will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start.


Most of this programme is assessed through course work and assignments which means there is a lot of coursework that will need to be completed outside of college hours. Good time management and being organised is key to achieving higher grades. You need to remember that the more time to 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 on to Higher Education 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.

NOTE: This programme is not suitable for those wishing to go into medicine or dentistry or secondary school teaching.

Further information

There is a bespoke Fitness Suite and Studio within the campus grounds which is available to all students and staff. There is a well stocked Learning Resource Centre which provides access to computers, textbooks and journals. One of the advantages of the Mid-Devon Campus being smaller than other campuses is that it facilitates a more individual learning experience. There are excellent student support and an active Student Union

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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