Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3


  • 16-18 (Full-time), Adults
  • 3 days a week in college, 1 day work or placement hours per week
  • A1251-24
  • 2 September 2024 - 36 weeks
  • Wembley Park Campus
  • 16-18: no charge, Standard: £7,395


This qualification has been designed to be the only qualification in a two-year, full-time study programme; it is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector.

  • it supports progression to health and social care related degrees.
  • is a 1080 guided-learning-hours qualification (equivalent in size to three a levels)
  • has core, mandatory and optional specialist units. The qualification includes 13 units of which 8 are mandatory and 4 are externally-assessed units. Learners must complete and achieve a pass grade in all these units. They must also complete and achieve a pass grade in the internally-assessed, mandatory units
  • has 42 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments

Aims of the qualification 

  • the Pearson btec national extended diploma in health and social care is intended as an applied general qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three a levels.
  • the qualification develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content. It allows learners to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically on health studies.
  • provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study related to health and social care that is particularly suited to post-16 learners who have the relevant interest and aptitude to progress in the sector.
  • all btec nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include: the ability to learn independently; the ability to research actively and methodically; and to be able to give presentations and be active group members.
  • btec learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. Btec nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including: reading technical texts; effective writing; analytical skills; preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Course content

Module delivery includes:

  • unit 1 - human lifespan development
  • unit 3 - anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • unit 7 - principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • unit 8 - promoting public health
  • unit 19 - nutritional health
  • unit 20 - understanding mental wellbeing
  • unit 2 - working in health and social care
  • unit 4 - enquiries into current research in hsc
  • unit 5 - meeting individual care needs and support
  • unit 6 - work experience in health and social care
  • unit 10 - sociological perspectives
  • unit 11 - psychological perspectives
  • unit 18 - assessing children’s development support needs

Whilst some units above are mandatory others may change subject to awarding body specification or teacher skill set.

  • What qualification do I get on completing this course?
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • Where have students gone to after completing this course?
    Level 4
  • Is there additional work required by the student?
    The Pearson btec level 3 extended diploma in health and social care includes three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic. External assessment means each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded, e.G. Exams. Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that teachers set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit, using the examples and support that Pearson provides. Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task. The mandatory synoptic unit requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of a defined vocational task. For unit 4: enquiries into current research in health and social care, learners complete a research commentary based on a pre-released article and their secondary research, drawing together their knowledge and understanding of working practices and provision of services. Learners complete the task using knowledge and understanding from their studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills.
  • What are the expected employment areas with this course?
    Health Care
  • What are the Entry Requirements?
    English & maths at level 2 / GCSE or working towards this level A full level 2 vocational qualification or 3-5 GCSEs at grades 4/c or above (may include English & maths)