Where will this course lead?

The Extended Diploma is the second year of a 2 year programme of study, following on from the Foundation Diploma. It is tailored for those that wish to strengthen their academic abilities and gain a broader knowledge of Health and Social Care. The course provides a sound background for a career in health and social care. The course combines both academic and practical aspects related to health and social care and can enable successful students to progress onto a Higher National Certificate or related university degree programmes.

What will I study?

You will study various topics. The units of study are as follows:

- Unit 3 Anatomy & Physiology 
- Unit 4 Enquiries into current research in HSC
- Unit 6 Work Experience in HSC 
- Unit 8 Promoting Public Health
- Unit 15 Microbiology for Health Science (option A)
- Unit 13 Scientific Techniques for Health Science (option A) 
- Unit 20 Understanding Mental Wellbeing (option A)
- Unit 18 Assessing Children's Development Support Needs (option B)
- Unit 14 Physiological disorders (option B) 
- Unit 10 Sociological Perspectives (option B)

A: Health Studies pathway
B: Health & Social Care pathway 

You will also be expected to complete set placement hours alongside your programme of study. This is an invaluable part of the course and you must be willing to experience various settings in order to pass and complete the Extended Diploma.

How will this course be delivered?

Unit 3 Anatomy & Physiology is an exam based unit sat in January and is externally assessed. 

Unit 4 - Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care is also externally assessed however though a controlled assessment which includes an exam element. This exam will take place in May. 

The rest of the course will be delivered using practical work and taught sessions, guest speakers and educational visits as well as experience from your placements.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through a variety of methods including assignments, practical assessments, case studies and presentations. In order to pass this course you will need to meet all deadlines for assignments in each topic area. You will also need to pass the exam and controlled assessment elements. Additionally you will also be observed in the workplace, whereby evidence from your work placements are integral to the assessment process.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by 1-1 interview with a member of the Health and Social Care team and a positive reference will be required.

What are the entry requirements?

Successful completion of the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care (Year 1)

4 GCSEs at grade C / grade 4 or above including English Language or

a Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject area and GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C / grade 4 or above

What else do I need to know?

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level. An enhanced DBS is essential for the course as this is required before you can complete placements. Educational trips are part of our course and students will be expected to contribute towards them, this must be paid at enrolment. You will also need to provide costs for text books and a uniform for work placement. A placement uniform will be available to purchase from college. You must be prepared to experience all placement opportunities. Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you have a learning difficulty or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful on the course you will be able to apply to universities or to seek employment, apprentice routes may also be an option or further study at Level 4.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time