West Thames College London

Health and Social Care - Level 3

This 2-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and gives you the skills you need to work in a care setting or go on to a degree programme in health and social care. You will learn about effective communication, equality, diversity and rights, and development through the life stages. The course is demanding with a strong theoretical base.

Key course features


BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Those who wish to go into a career in nursing, psychology, criminology, social work, residential care management, youth work or the probation service.

About the course

You will study:

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Development through life stages
  • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care
  • Values and planning.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Additional opportunities

Work experience is a mandatory part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be given written assignments for each unit as well as work placement reports.

Where next?

You can go on to a degree in nursing, midwifery, sociology, psychology, social work, criminology or youth work, or an HND in managing health and care services, social policy or teacher training. If you wish to go into employment straight away, you could work in a registered care home, community work, the voluntary sector, a hospital or primary care trust.

Entry requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grade 9-4 or above including English language, or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional Skills in English and maths at Level 2 and a good reference. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

All students must undertake work experience in a care/childcare setting as part of this course. Work placement settings require students to obtain a DBS to demonstrate that they are suitable to work with vulnerable people and/or children.


This course is free for students under 19 years but you will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start the course.

If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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