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Health and Social Care – Level 3

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About the course

This course is suitable for those students who are looking for a career where they are caring for others, such as Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic, Occupational Therapist, Social worker and more, or if you would like to progress on to Higher Education such as our HND in Healthcare Professions’ Support, University to study Psychology, Sociology, Teaching or become a Nursing Associate though the local hospital trust, your options are wide and varied. The BTEC Level 3 National extended Diploma in Health and Social Care has a large variety of units included, such as Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Infection control, Working in Health and Social Care and more. There is a combination of assignments, externally assessed units and practical assessment carried out in our bespoke Clinical Skills Centre, as well as a mandatory placement unit where you will get the opportunity to experience health and care settings and work alongside professionals (An enhanced DBS is required, college will support you with this).

Topics and units

Year 1
– Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
– Human growth and development
– Safeguarding
– Communication
– Infection prevention and control
– Psychological perspectives
– Sociological perspectives
– Working in health and social care
– Reflective practice
Year 2
– Empowerment in health and social care
– Protection of children, young people and adults
– Anatomy and physiology
– Research skills
– Personal and professional development
– Dementia awareness
– Mental health and wellbeing
– Public health
– Ethics
Work placement opportunities:
Telford & Wrekin Council, Princess Royal Hospital, Morris Care, Coverage Care, TACT, Mind, SEN schools and the WillowTree.

Careers and progression

Progressing to: Level 3 extended diploma, degrees in nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, or senior roles in the NHS or private healthcare sector
Aspirational careers: Care service owner, nursing director, senior social worker or counsellor

Entry requirements

Entry requirements 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths (you will continue to study maths alongside your vocational studies if you don’t have a 4)

Additional information

You will need to have a DBS check (fully funded by the college) so please collate all the evidence needed prior to starting the course. As part of our enrichment you will receive talks from guest speakers and former students. We also take out students on trips and these can be fully funded depending on your household’s income. Trips include going to the International Slavery Museum, Florence Nightingale museum, DisneyLand Paris, London as well as trips to universities including a UCAS convention. We do ask all students to purchase a branded polo shirt for placement. University, voluntary and work experience opportunities are supported by our dedicated staff team to further your career – and we hope you come back to class and share your experiences.

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Full time


2 years


Haybridge Road


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Upcoming events

Open event
09 October 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Open event
13 November 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Christmas Fayre and Professional Skills Open Event
04 December 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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