BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

On this pathway you will learn about effective communication in the Social Care sector, learning about equality and diversity, health and safety and development through the life stages. In year one, you will concentrate on both Health and Social Care and in year two, you will be directed into either the Health Care pathway or the Social Care pathway, where specialist units will be studied, to enable students to focus on their preferred destination and profession



What will I learn?

Units of study may include:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Development through the life stages
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Working in the Social Care Sector
  • Caring for Individuals with Different Needs
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
  • Dementia Care
How will the course be assessed?

These units are assessed internally through a range of presentations, report writing, health campaigns, essays and professional interviews.


As a Health and Social Care student at Nelson and Colne College you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to enhance your learning experience, such as trips and visits to local and national health organisations. A range of guest speakers, charity and awareness raising events, visits to universities, and last year our students attended a residential trip to Prague.

In addition to this, students can volunteer as Health Mentors to their peers, working alongside our Health Practitioner and there is also a wide variety of College wide extra-curricular activities, which all students can take part in.


The Health and Social Care department has a new simulation room where learners can participate in the practical tasks associated with their career aspirations.


Materials and other information

A DBS is required, which incurs a small fee.

Progression and Careers

Many students go on to gain full-time employment straight from this course and a number of former students are studying at top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University studying a range of degrees such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Education (Childhood and Youth Studies), Police and Criminal Investigation, Nutritional Sciences and Social Policy Careers in Health and Social Care are many and varied; you might go on to work as Social Workers, Case Workers, Nurses, Support Workers, Charity Officers, Counsellor, Health Promotion Specialists, Nutritional Therapists and Probation Officers.

The College also offers an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care with top local businesses.

Meet Tom Rickwood 


After achieving a Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Tom began studying Adult Nursing at Hull University.

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