Course Title BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level: 3
Code Y575

Overview of the Course

This qualification provides the knowledge required to progress in the Health and Social Care sector and will prepare you for employment in the sector or for Higher Education. The units studied are relevant to a variety of careers within the Health and Social Care sector. You will gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas related to Health and Social Care in practical, active and work related situations. Work experience is a key feature of the course and is used to support personal and professional development. You will prepare a self-development plan reflecting personal abilities, goals and career aspirations and identify vocational work placements, formal study and voluntary activity to enhance your knowledge, skills and practice. You are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of work experience divided between three different placements. To be successful on the course you will need to be able to use communication skills to solve problems, meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a team. A commitment to studying on a full-time course is essential. There is an opportunity to study this course for one year (Foundation Degree) before deciding if the full two year extended 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?

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

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a one year course commencing in September. You will then have the opportunity to convert the Foundation Diploma into a full Level 3 Extended 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 for the two year Extended Diploma will have three grades from PPP to D*D*D*.

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 need 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 onto the second year. You will complete an induction process during the first six weeks of your course in preparation for attending a 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 enrichment 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 will 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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