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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

This is a comprehensive course for individuals wanting to progress into higher education and/or a career in a wide range of professions within the fields of health and social care.

It provides a specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to three A levels.

The course provides a foundation for a range of careers including nursing, radiography, speech therapy, children's nursing, occupational therapy, podiatry, primary teaching, social work, operating department practitioner, mental health and dental nursing. It also enables access to higher education degrees.

Course content

You will study a range of subjects including developing effective communication skills, exploring equality and diversity in the health care sector, psychology, sociology, human anatomy, health and safety and the control of infections in care settings, coping with change, human inheritance and public health, as well as an carrying out a research project on a health and social care topic of your choice.

Trips to the theatre, houses of parliament, medical museums, the vitality show to name a few have all been enjoyed by students.

Work experience is an integral part of the course. You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of health care settings; these could include pre-school nurseries and schools, residential care centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, pharmacists, day centres for the elderly or people with special needs, hospices for people with terminal illnesses or hostels for the homeless. There is also the possibility of attending residential activity centres to work with children and young adults with disabilities.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language and Maths OR Science, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Distinction grade in all units and GCSE English Language A*- C, or equivalent Level 2 course including English A*-C.


In addition, there is an opportunity to undertake up to 12 weeks of relevant and appropriate work experience.

Your performance in the work place is monitored and assessed throughout the two years through visits whilst on placement, getting placement feedback and students completing assignment work whilst on placement.

Financial information

The College provides relevant text books, but stationery for taking notes, assignment presentation and completing tasks is required throughout the course (pens, pencils, paper and so on). Students are expected to purchase polo shirts to wear whilst on work experience placements.

Future opportunities

Progression onto undergraduate courses at universities in a variety of health related fields is encouraged.

Support with applications is included within the course.

There are a number of health/science related degrees offered at our local and national universities including Nursing, Social Work, Radiography, Medical Technician, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Mental Health and Operating Department Practitioner to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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