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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Richard Huish College

Course description

Health and Social Care is for anyone interested in working in any sort of caring profession. It is an ideal subject if you are thinking over a career that involves working with people in healthcare settings such as a hospital, residential home, social services or early years setting or support a higher education application for nursing, midwifery, social work or teaching.

The Vocational Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) is a good starting point if you know you want a career in heathcare. 

Course content

Although you will study some theory, the emphasis of the course is on applying the information that you learn to real situations. If you do have a particular career in mind, we are likely to offer optional units that will be relevant to that career. You can also relate pieces of coursework to your preferred care setting.

Some of the topics you will cover include: Developing effective communication in care settings, equality, diversity and rights and health, safety and security in care settings. There are also Optional Units that it is possible to study covering areas like: health promotion, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

There are opportunities for you to experience real life situations that will enhance your understanding of this subject. You will be able to base your work on a number of different environments including health centres, residential homes, schools, nurseries and possibly hospital departments. You will need to have at least 100 hours of work experience for the Extended Diploma.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language


The whole year will be spent on coursework and you will need to be self-motivated and organised in order to meet all deadlines on time. 

Future opportunities

Depending on your future career plans you will be able to choose either a Health and Social Care or a Health Sciences pathway. A Health and Social Care pathway can lead to careers in education, social work, child care, and working with older people or those with additional needs. A Health Sciences pathway can lead to careers in nursing, midwifery, health visiting, occupational therapy and speech and learning therapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.