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Course overview

The aim of this course is to provide a course of training offering knowledge, understanding and skills in health and social care leading to a widely recognised national qualification for those who wish to work in a caring career or progress into higher education. Learners successfully completing the Level 3 programme have the opportunity to potentially progress onto the Level 4 HNC in Health and Social Care (provided within the department and awarded by Staffordshire University). In year 2 learners are able to transfer to the Health Studies pathway that is often preferred by universities for learners wishing to progress to midwifery. Please note that in order to access this course learners must hold high GCSE high grades in maths, English and science.

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

What else do I need to know?

On a Level 3 Health and Social Care course you are expected to complete 100 hours work placement experience. You may do this either as a volunteer or paid work providing it is within the health and social care sector and completed outside of the course timetable. You will be supported on your course by a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your targets for achievement. Throughout your course there will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities and organised trips that will support your learning. Many of our resources can be accessed both at College and from home using our intranet service and well equipped Learning Resource Centre.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above. However, if you have a keen interest in the subject and commitment to succeed, your entry requirements will be discussed at interview.

You will also be required to attend an interview and provide a previous student report prior to the start of the course.

How is it assessed?

Your progress will be through a combination of methods assessed during the course. This will include assignments, practical activities and project work. In addition to your tutor’s assessment you will develop the ability to carry out your own evaluation of your success. Having provided evidence in these ways to show that you are competent in each unit you will gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

What can I do next?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a qualification recognised by universities and employers. It attracts between 120-420 UCAS points, depending on the final grade achieved.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact Kerry Sproston by emailing

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