Course Title BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level: 3
Code Y576

Overview of the Course

This course follows the same structure as the BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma. However, there are fewer units covered on the Diploma. The advantage of this course for some students is that it allows you the opportunity to study maths and/or English alongside this course. At the end of this two year course, you will gain the equivalent of two A Levels. This course can lead to higher education courses and employment. There is an opportunity to study this course for one year (60 Credit) before deciding if the full two year diploma is the right course for you.

What are the career opportunities?

Health and Social Care offers a wide and diverse choice of career opportunities such as nursing, health care assistant, teaching, social work, support work, youth and community work, criminology/psychology, counselling, play worker, occupational therapy and probation work. Further opportunities may lead to progression into management roles.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year commencing in September. You will then have the opportunity to convert the 60 credit Diploma into a full Level 3 Diploma in the second year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course consists of a range of mandatory, specialist and optional units studied over one or two years. You will be assessed by assignments set and marked by your tutors. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) and your overall qualification will have two grades from PP to D*D*. You will study: Equality and diversity, effective communication, health safety and security, lifespan development, anatomy and physiology, personal and professional development, sociological perspectives, psychological perspectives, health psychology, caring for children and young people, physiological disorders, dementia care, caring for older people, counselling and nutrition. You will have the opportunity to study both GCSE maths and English.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the Health and Social Care sector you need to be able to engage with people of all different backgrounds and treat them in a professional and caring manner. You will need to be able to work as part of a team, yet also learn to be make decisions and work on your own initiative. You will have to be hardworking and dedicated to caring for others and be able to follow instructions. In Health and Social Care, English and communication skills are vital. You need to be able to communicate clearly with people from all different walks of life and you may have to overcome some communication barriers. You need to be able to listen closely to service users and know how to respond effectively to their requests. As well as verbal communication, written skills are essential as accurate record keeping in Health and Social Care is vitally important. Maths also plays a key role in the Health and Social Care sector. You will need to manage your time effectively as often shift work is involved. In some roles, you will also need to be aware of measurements required for medicine and be able to work out the frequency of a service user’s medication.

Work experience

Work experience is a mandatory part of this course and you will complete 100 hours during your first year and a further 100 hours if you continue into the second year. You will complete an induction process during the first six weeks of your course in preparation for attending placement one day a week for the remainder of your time on the course. You will experience a range of settings in both early years and adult care.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

There will be many enrichments opportunities throughout your time on the course such as guest speakers from within the Health and Social Care sector and course related visits and careers events. You will also be able to take part in sport and fitness activities and charity events. There may also be the opportunity to join the Student Action Group, which gives students the chance to be the voice of their peers.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will require a DBS check for placement. Bury College cover the cost of this.


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