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Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma  has been developed to focus on progression into careers in the Health and Social Care sectors. Learners may wish to pursue employment or continue their studies at university. At the end of the course, the students may wish to top up their qualification to the BTEC Extended Diploma.

The course is designed to suit you if you are prepared to study independently, challenge yourself to achieve high standards of success, and willing and able to learn through real work experience opportunities.

Course content

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma is a one-year Advanced General course, equivalent to one-and-a-half A-Levels. Students progressing to the end of year two will work towards the Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A-Levels.

This is a brand new qualification. Learners will cover a range of health, social care, social science and work-related units.

Entry requirements

The essential entry requirements for this course are:

  • A minimum of five GCSE’s at grade C or above. This must include either Maths or English, or both.
  • Learners progressing from Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care will have achieved an overall Merit (with Distinction for the Human Body Systems unit) and be able to demonstrate evidence of working towards, or having achieved, grade C or above in Maths and English.
  • A one-to-one interview with members of the Health and Social Care teaching team.
  • Two appropriate references, a police record check and demonstration of commitment to work experience in a caring capacity.

In addition to these essential requirements you need to be able to demonstrate a good attendance record, evidence of recent academic study, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work with others, a commitment to or an interest in a career in Health & Social Care and a positive attitude.


Learners will be assessed through continuous internal assessments. Coursework assignments require you to be committed, dedicated, independent, and able to time manage effectively. You will have to do approximately two assignments per half-term.

The Vocational area of the study programme will be assessed within the workplace and through a Continuous Professional Development Portfolio. Placements require you to be reliable, trustworthy, presentable, active in your own learning, and able to maintain professional boundaries.

Future opportunities

Students who have completed in the past have entered further training or study, into careers such as social work, residential care management, housing, nursing, ambulance service, teaching, the probation service, psychology, physiotherapy and occupational health.

Alternatively, students may enter employment within the Health and Social Care sector as a nursing auxiliary, social work assistant, classroom assistant or a care assistant in a residential home.

Please note that some health-related careers such as midwifery and paramedic science are very popular, and therefore difficult to progress into. You should research the careers of your choice, and the universities that you might apply for, before committing yourself to this study programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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