Course offered at: Highbury Fields School

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 Health and Social Care

Course Outline

This course is for students who are interested in a career in areas such as Registered Care Homes, Community Work, Social Work, Probation Services or Voluntary Work. The course is the equivalent to three A-levels and gives you the skills you need to work in these fields or go on to a degree programme in a related subject. The course combines practical skills with care theory.

You will have the opportunity to study the following compulsory core units:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in care work
  • Communication & supportive skills for care work
  • Research for care
  • Applying sociology
  • Vocational practice
  • Protecting self and others
  • Applying psychology
  • Personal and professional development

During the second year of the programme students will study a further nine optional units in Care. You will also have Literacy and Numeracy embedded into the course to supplement your studies. There will be periods of work experience for students. These are an essential part of the course which must be completed satisfactorily.

Entry Requirements

Students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English. Alternatively, students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma in a related subject should have achieved at least Merit grades.


There will be continuous assessment using methods that include: assignments, role plays and course work.


The course provides a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the health and social care sector. If you wish to enter one of the professions such as nursing, midwifery or social work you would need to continue your studies to degree level.