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Health and Social Care Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

The course combines units of study which reflect the interests and career choices of each student. It enables you to achieve an academic standard acceptable for entry to higher education as well as a qualification which would enable you to find work in the caring services.

All students will attend work experience in relevant placements. There will also be significant support for you in progressing to your chosen career and could be in a variety of settings such as nurseries, schools hospitals and care homes.

The course aims to provide the core knowledge and skills for health and care work and opportunities to develop practical skills through assignments and work placements.

The course features specialist pathways of study to help you train in your chosen field:


  • Childcare pathway: which will contain units such as Caring for Children and Young people and Working with Young people with Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Nursing pathway: which will contain units such as Public Health, Communicable Diseases and Working in the Health Sector
  • Care Pathway: which will contain units such as Caring for Older People and Working in the Social Care Sector.


These pathways have been planned to enable you to progress into a variety of careers or HE options in your specialist area of interest.

Course content

You will study units in each year which may include the following:

  • Effective communication
  • Equality and diversity
  • Health and safety
  • Growth and development through life stages
  • Research methods
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Public health
  • Anatomy and physiology

You may have the opportunity to achieve a First Aid qualification alongside your studies as an additional qualification.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C including English and Maths or equivalent (or  Merit or Distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2.)(Should students want to progress to higher education with the aim of entering the teaching/nursing profession, it is mandatory that they hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C including English, Maths and Science.)

A good reference

A satisfactory interview

A satisfactory DBS clearance


You will be required to match the hours of teaching in college with private study. Although some private study time will be included during the timetabled week, including an assignment support workshop, you will need to undertake study at home to enable you to complete the set assignments.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification is made up of 17 units of study. Assessment is by unit of study and all units will have assignment work set and marked by the teaching team.

The internally set assessments will be varied in format and in some instances you may be asked to contribute to the design of an assessment. Such variety allows every student to show their particular talents whilst developing and extending other skills.

You will be provided with deadlines for the specific assignment tasks.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the 90 credit diploma in Health and Social care in year one of the programme will enable progression to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care in year two.

Successful completion of the two year extended Diploma will allow you to progress to Higher Education courses such as :

  • Occupational therapy
  • Health studies degrees
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Initial teacher training
  • Combined degrees in social studies with social work qualifications
  • Degree in Social Work

It will also give you the skills and knowledge to enable you to progress into related employment, such as in:

  • Social work assistant
  • Health care assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Care assistant
  • Working with people with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities
  • Learning support


And with further training:

  • Nursing (adult, children and mental health) and midwifery
  • Post registration nursing courses such as health visiting and community nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech or hearing therapy
  • Primary teaching
  • Social work
  • Care work
  • Working with people with special needs

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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