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Health & Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Whitmore High School

Course description

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work as well as class work
  • Want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation
  • Are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and the clients they serve
  • Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable
  • Want to move onto a related career or higher education course
  • Would like to work in the health care sector, teaching, police force, youth work, social work etc

An Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Your assignments are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start a career.

Course content

You will gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years working environments. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and early years. You will have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way, whilst following a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment in health and social care. The course will help you develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.

Examples of units you will study are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

Practical placement

This practical experience is an important part of the course as both employers and universities recognise its value. Placements could include nursing homes, day centres, hospitals, social care placements and ambulance service.

Entry requirements

Four or more GCSE grades A*-C including 4’s in English and Maths. Working in the Health and Care field is physically demanding and requires learners to have a calm and professional approach as you will be dealing with various vulnerable client groups. 


The course will be internally and externally assessed through a programme of assignments such as written work, work experience, presentations, role-plays and building a portfolio of evidence as well as external assessments. In total you will study 13 units of which 8 are Mandatory and 4 are externally assessed.

Future opportunities

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, which means that when you have finished the course you may choose to go into fulltime employment or university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitmore High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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