Health and Social Care
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Hele Road site 1-2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course is ideal if you are looking for an extensive, general preparation for a career in health or social care. This is a progression course, in your first year you will study the BTEC Level 3  Foundation Diploma with the possibility of progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year. Successful completion provides students with the potential to enter employment or progression onto Higher Education.

The majority of the course is assessed through assignments with the professional practice units assessed through work experience and production of a substantial portfolio. There are associated trips, these take place at the beginning of the second year and are a requirement of the course. Work experience totalling 100 hours is an essential part of this course.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 proposed units of study:

  • Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4 Development through the Life Stages
  • Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 7 Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 10 Caring for Children and Young People

    Year 2 proposed units of study
  • Unit 11: Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders
  • Unit 20: Promoting Health Education
  • Unit 21: Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 22: Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 24: Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care settings
  • Unit 26: Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Unit 44: Vocational Experience for Health and Social Care

In addition, you will have the opportunity to retake maths or English GCSE. All students undertake a basic First Aid qualification which links directly to the course. Students need to be aware that this is an academic course with little practical experience.

What experiences will I get?

You will gain professional experience through a 200 hours work experience placement.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your work placements.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to higher education to study a wide range of health and social care related degrees and diplomas. Previous students have studied Midwifery, Nursing – General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Social Work, Primary School Teaching as well as other courses, such as the Health and Social Care Studies Foundation Degree at Exeter College. Alternatively this course is suitable for a range of careers including community work, health services, social work and welfare work. 

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to purchase your own equipment and it is optional to purchase a course book. A fee of approximately £125 in year 1 and £125 in year 2 is charged which covers a DBS check, placement uniform, trips and professional development sessions over the duration of the course. 

What do our students think?

I chose this course because I want to help people as a profession. The college has a friendly atmosphere and the course is good but mentally challenging. I hope to become a nurse after the course. My tip for future students is to go for it if you have a vocation in this field."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


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