Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Type: Applied General Qualification

Course code: 601/7193/5

GLH: 1080

Structure of Course

The qualification is a two-year full-time qualification, with an integrated weekly professional work experience placement.  It is designed for post-16 learner’s interested in progressing into a career in the health and/or social care sector.  It is equivalent in size to three A’ Levels and the qualification enables students to gain entry to University or gain employment in the health and social care sector.

Students will study 13 units in total, 4 of which are externally assessed through a formal examination or controlled assessment, all other units are assessed through assignment based coursework. The qualification underpins in-depth study into the health and social care sector and gives students direct practical experience through their professional work placement.   Students are required to undertake 150 hours of professional work placement across 2 different health and social care settings. The course is structured so students will spend 4 days a week in college studying theory and 1 day a week in a health and social care setting gaining their practical experience.

Externally assessed units assesses via either formal examination or controlled assessment

Unit 1:  Human Lifespan Development – written examination

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – written examination

Unit 3 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care – written examination

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care – controlled assessment

Internally assessed units assessed via assignment based coursework

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Unit 9: Infection Prevention and Control

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Unit 17: Caring for Individuals with Dementia

Unit 19: Nutritional Health


Equivalent in size to three A Levels.  13 units, 8 are mandatory, 5 are optional.  Students will also produce a work placement portfolio linked to their professional placement that will assess their skills and competencies as a health and social care professional.


Many of our student’s progress onto a wide range of higher education courses to include:

  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
  • BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care

Students that opt to go directly into the work place have secured employment in roles to include:

Health Care Assistant, Care Workers, Pharmacy Assistant, NHS Administration Workers and Doctors Receptionist.