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BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The BTEC National is a flexible, up to date vocational course. This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Health, via higher education to access graduate-led occupational areas. It has been designed as an in-depth study of the health and social care sector.

Course content

1 Human Lifespan Development

2 Working in Health and Social Care

3 Anatomy and Physiology

4 Research in Health and Social Care

5 Meeting individual and support needs

6 Work experience *

7 Principles of Safe Practice

8 Promoting Public Health

9 Physiological Disorders

10 Understanding Mental Well being

11 Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs

12 Psychological Perspectives

13 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs


Entry requirements

Merit in BTEC Health and Social Care if taken


There is a wide range of vocational assessments including assignments, tasks and written exams.

Future opportunities

This course allows the student to learn independently, to be able to research actively and methodically and be able to give presentations and be active group members. Students also develop skills in reading technical texts, effective writing, analytical skills and being able to prepare for assessment methods used in degrees.


Please note, students who choose this course will undertake a mandatory placement of one half day a week in a chosen health or care setting. A DBS check is required for which there will be a charge.

Further information

Student comment:

“… I want to be a children’s nurse, and I think the skills I am developing on this course will help in my future career. The work experience unit allows me to see the practical application of things I learn at school.” “… This course gave me a good insight into areas of Health and Social Care that I had not previously considered as possible careers. I enjoyed my placement so much that I applied to study Mental Health Nursing and got in!” 

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: 10 October 2018
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