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Health and Social Care BTEC National Foundation Diploma Level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This is a one year course which provides high quality preparation for progression on to either an apprenticeship or the level 3 extended diploma in health and social care in the next academic year. This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A levels and could also be combined with other level 3 study or A levels already achieved for progression to Higher Education. The course is designed to incorporate skills such as teamwork and good communication combined with experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. For this course you are required to complete a mandatory 50 hours work placement at a relevant organisation. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

You will study 4 mandatory units including two exams. These include: human span and life development; working in health and social care; meeting individual care and support needs and principles of safe practice in health and social care. There are also and 2 optional units including work experience in health and social care. This latter unit will be carried out in a relevant health and social care work placement where you will have the opportunity to be observed by an experienced trainer assessor who will help you to reflect upon your current work practice and build upon your wider care skills base.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required, plus two other GCSE's at grade 4 (C) or above. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


There are four internally assessed course work units: Individual Care and Support Needs, Work Experience for Health and Social Care, Principles of Safe Practice and Physiological Disorders and their Care. There will also be two externally assessed exam units: Human Lifespan Development and Working in Health and Social Care

Financial information

Material fee £150.00.

Future opportunities

This course provides you with a number of options for further progression. Upon successful completion and achievement of this qualification you can choose a pathway which focuses on a particular occupational area of employment such as: domiciliary care; care support worker; care home advocate and more. Alternatively you can choose to either progress on to a national apprenticeship in health and social care, a further level 3 extended diploma in health and social care, or combined with level 3 qualifications already achieved apply to progress onto a higher education course.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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