Health and Social Care Level 3

The Health and Social Care Level 3 study programme is the equivalent of three A levels and is designed to meet the changing circumstances within the health and social care sectors. During the Health and Social Care programme, you will acquire transferable knowledge and skills whilst gaining up to 200 hours vocational experience in a variety of work-based settings. This programme offers an education in health and social care that can be utilised as a stepping stone for progression to undergraduate studies relating to a range of careers in this sector or towards employment.


***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are now open!***

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ button located further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular October Open Events are also open.

October Open Events

Course Content

The Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma  programme contains a mix of modules that incorporate a range of topics giving students broad learning of the area. Topics include:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Development Through Life Stages
  • Psychological and Sociological Perspectives
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health, Safety and Security

As part of your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification and an interview. A Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS*) check

*Please note: There is a charge of £45 for an online DBS check.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the course you could enter employment in the healthcare industry or with further study you may want to look at a career in social work, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy or teaching. On successful completion of the course you could progress to higher education or health and social care related professional training courses. For example; nursing, teaching, social work and occupational therapy.

To explore varied and exciting careers in healthcare and social care sectors, look on the NHS Careers website

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Health and Social Care Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years: Year 1: 90 Credit Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (This fee covers the full two-year course)


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