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This qualification is going through a consultation process nationally and if any changes are made, we will update information accordingly. However, the units discussed are likely to be representative of possible changes that may take place.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to three A Level Grades A*-C. It is a full time qualification.

The BTEC Extended Diploma covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few. This subject is useful for those wishing to enter professions such as teaching, nursing, midwifery, social work and work within the care sector. After successful completion of the first year, students gain a 90 Credit qualification. Students are then able to progress on to the second year to gain the full Extended Diploma.


What Next?

This is a two-year course, however, students who successfully complete the first year, will receive a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Health and Social Care. Upon successful completion of the second year, students will receive the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. This qualifies students to study for a degree in related subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, or a BTEC Higher National Diploma in any related subject. Students also are equipped to enter relevant employment within the health and social care sector.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* – C (a grade C in GCSE English Language is desirable but not essential) alternatively, a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care at merit or above.


A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is a compulsory element to any Health and Social Care course which involves vocational practice. Students are expected to pay the full cost (£44 approximately), and additional costs may be incurred if sufficient evidence cannot be provided (passport/driving licence etc.). Please speak to the course team for additional information.


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