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Suitable for 16-18
Level 3
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 36 weeks
Subject area Health & Social Care
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

Having completed the first year of the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, you can then complete this programme. With this qualification, you would generally be expected to progress into higher education to complete studies as an undergraduate at university.

This qualification enables you to apply for undergraduate subjects such as Social work, Psychology, Sociology, Childhood studies or Health studies.

The programme also provides the opportunity for work-based employment and further training.

Course description

This is a one year full time Diploma course that provides you with the opportunity to seek entry to higher education courses in a range of subject areas. The course integrates a broad range of modules within the Health and Social Care curriculum to create a diverse programme of study.

The modules explored during this year include Health Education, Understanding Psychological and Sociological Perspectives, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and many others.

This is an assignment based qualification. All assignments are internally and externally assessed through a range of assessment methods. Examples of assessments methods used on this programme include observations, presentations, reports, posters and essays.

Flexibility is provided for any learner with SEN; support is available from the SEN team. The maintenance of high standards is our priority, in order to make the lessons interesting and stimulating for all learners.

Work experience

As part of the programme you will conduct a two-week work placement in a Health and Social Care environment. This will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge into a practical work setting. An assignment will also be completed in relation to your work placement. Work experience occurs during the first and second year of your programme of study.

Enrichment activities

A range of Enrichment activities are incorporated within the programme. Examples of enrichment activities include sport activities, workshops, outings and debates. There is also the opportunity to request other enrichment activities that you have an interest in.

I-Learning sessions

This is additional time embedded in your programme for independent study. This time is used to work through assignments, complete homework activities and conduct wider reading and research to assist learning.

Support tutorials

Group and one-to-one tutorials are set up on the programme to further assist you with successfully completing the course. Support tutorials are at flexible times to meet your needs. This could occur during the daytime and evenings.

Personal Learning Plan sessions

A course tutor will be allocated to you on the programme. Your course tutor will be working with you to set realistic targets that will enable you to achieve. Your targets will be monitored weekly by your tutor and yourself.

Curriculum units

Units covered as part of this qualification include:

  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Coping with Change in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Physiological disorders
  • Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care

Additional information

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C including English and Maths and/or equivalent.
  • An Initial diagnostic assessment has to be completed before you are enrolled; you need to achieve L2 English, diagnostic 60% or above to be accepted on to the Level 3 course. This is to ensure you are put on the right course at the right level.


You may opt to complete an undergraduate degree at university in subjects such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Childhood studies or Health studies. Alternatively, you can progress to employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

Fees and funding

The course fee for adults (19+) is £3845 (plus £150 exam fee).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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