Health and Social Care - Level 3 Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF)
BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and through articulation to higher education, degree and professional development programmes, provide progression opportunities within the same cognate or related areas of study within universities and other institutions.
The 120-credit BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care provides students with a broad understanding of health and social care. There is potential for the qualification to prepare students for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
- You must be aged 18 or over
- GCSE English at grade C (Functional Skills English will not be appropriate)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade D or above (level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics will be accepted)
- You must have a clear DBS
Career Options and Progression
Achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (VRQ) supports you to access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.
Many students gain employment in the health and care sectors where they undertake placement experiences, proving themselves to be valuable additions to the setting.
Students also apply for degrees in:
- Professional Practice in Health and Social Care
- Adult/Paediatric/Mental Health Nursing
- Paramedic Practice
- Social Work
- Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Youth Work
- Family Liaison
Modules and Assessment
This qualification provides up to 280 UCAS points and develops the knowledge and skills for all those who wish to pursue higher education or employment in Health or Social Care settings in England.
The qualification covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Diploma includes a wide range of units, allowing you to pursue an interest in the specific areas of health studies and health sciences.
You will study a range of mandatory and optional modules, essential to your daily practice as a health and social care professional.
The units provide students with in-depth knowledge of key subject areas in health and social care. A range of units include:
- Equality and Diversity
- Human Lifespan and Development
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Physiology of Fluid Balance
- Personal and Professional Development
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence. This may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials.
You will be assessed through internally-marked coursework, graded Distinction-Pass.
Teaching and Learning Methods
3 days per week in college and 1 day per week on a work placement in a health or social care setting.
These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with one-to-one support also provided. Part of your timetable will include a session where you will be supported by teaching staff to complete any written assessments. You will also be assigned a group tutor who will support you throughout your journey at the College.
Work Placement and Field Trips
You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support your learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 100.
Entry requirements of Higher Education Institutions may specify the need for more work experience, so it is important to check this with your desired university (if applicable).
Placement is a crucial element of your journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings where you could be placed:
- Residential Care Home
- Nursing Home
- Day Centre
- Children's Centre
- Health Centre
- Domiciliary/Community care
- Respite Care
Specialised Voluntary Groups
All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You will be allocated a small budget to pay for any College printing costs. However once you have exceeded the limit, you will be liable for any additional printing costs.
You will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from your placements; however you may be eligible for financial support from the College. Book an appointment with the iKnow Team for further information. Call 01253 352352.
The College will provide you with the majority of your placement uniform - you just need appropriate flat footwear and black trousers.
We will recommend a variety of text books that you could purchase to support you in your studies.
You will also need writing materials (such as pens and paper) and a folder in which to store your college-work.
Regulation and Accreditation
This Ofqual-regulated qualification is a QCF qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
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