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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

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Health & Social Care is an engaging introduction to life and work in a vocational sector. Students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

With this qualification, you would generally be expected to progress onto the second year programme BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.

Course description

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 your course include Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding Adults, Caring for Children and Young People and Effective Communication.

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 conducted are sports 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.

ing 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:

  • Working in the Social Care Sector
  • Development through the Life Stages
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Values and Planning in Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Environmental Health

Additional information

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C including English and Maths and/or equivalent.
  • 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.


  • Progress onto the second year programme BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Gain work-based employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

Fees and funding

The course fee for adults (19+) is £2880 (plus exam fee £150).

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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