BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

Overview

This course can be taken as a two year course as an Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level).

The Level 3 Extended Certificate is an excellent general qualification that combines well with a wide range of other courses. Students will study in a positive, creative and friendly environment where they will be motivated and feel confident to express empathy and understanding with a diverse range of human needs. The content is varied and interesting, ranging from Communication and Childcare to Human Body Systems and Psychology. Learning methods include independently researched projects, talks from visiting speakers and work experience.

What goes well with this course?

Health and Social Care goes well with many subjects, particularly:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • English
  • Biology

Progression

Health and Social Care students may decide to take up a place at university studying one of a number of degrees related to this subject. Popular courses include: Nursing, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Teaching. A qualification in Health and Social Care will provide essential knowledge of the industry and help prepare students for Higher Education or the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in Health & Social Care
  • Health, safety and security in Health & Social Care
  • Growth and development through the life stages
  • Health Education (as part of this unit students make a health promotion film)
  • Nutrition for Health & Social Care

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • Exploring the health benefits of superfoods
  • A visit to Canine Partners charity in Heyshott
  • A visit to St. Piers School (for autism and epilepsy) in Lingfield
  • A visit by a Radiographer from East Surrey Hospital who gave a talk on diagnostic testing
  • The 'Safe Drive Stay Alive' presentation at the Dorking Halls, including a talk by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service on ‘Safer Driving’
  • Students also organise a Health Fair at College to help educate other students on issues of health and well being

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

The course is assessed by coursework and external assessment.

The exam board for this BTEC Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.  

In addition, students should meet the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:  

  • Grade 4 in a numerate subject such as Maths or Science, and
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care will also be considered.

Students on this course should be:

  • Interested in the care industry
  • Able to carry out independent research
  • Able to meet coursework deadlines

Students should enjoy and be good at working with others, communicating in speech and writing, planning their own learning and meeting deadlines. The ability to use information technology is also quite important.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care information leaflet.

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