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Level 3 Health & Social Care 90 Credit at Leeds City College

Course description

The level 3 90 Credit BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. You will learn through taught classes and activities, individual study, work experience and possibly a residential visit.

At the end of the year you can progress into employment or study for an additional year to achieve the three A Level equivalent Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Course content

Over the year you will study approximately 9 units. These may include:

Developing effective communication in Health and Social Care

Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Equality, Diverse and Rights in Health and Social Care

Development through the life stages

Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care

Personal and professional development in Health and Social Care

Sociological perspectives in Health and Social Care

Physiological perspectives in Health and Social Care

Working with medication in Health and Social Care

You may also study a range of specialist units, for example:

Complementary therapies for Health and Social Care

Health education

Nutrition for Health and Social Care

Research working with medication in Health and Social Care and Social Care Dementia Care

Our Level 1, 2 and 3 Health and Social Care courses prepare you to work in a range of settings or to progress onto higher education.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and ideally Maths or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills), or NVQ Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with English and Maths at minimum grade C or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 in Functional Skills). Some courses may require the achievement of specific qualifications/grades.

We would also take into account prior experience and general suitability for working in this sector. All applicants must have a successful interview and a satisfactory reference.

All candidates must be committed to working in the Health and Social Care sector, be caring, creative and energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.

To work with children (under 18) or vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced disclosure check for the Disclosure and Barring Services. This will be organised by the college for you but if your course is not fully funded (i.e. you are not 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay. The estimated cost of the enhanced DBS check is £54. Full details regarding payment and documents will be supplied at interview.

Due to Statutory Guidelines, if you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children aged under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household. This will be discussed further at your interview.


You will be assessed through course work.

Future opportunities

Advice on careers and further study will be given during the course.

After successful completion of the course students may progress to Higher Education to study subjects such as Social Policy, Psychology or Sociology.

They may also progress into vocational degrees such as nursing, social work, radiography, occupational therapy or youth and community work, or seek relevant employment in care work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 December 2017
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