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.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Level: Level 3
Start Date: 04 September 2017
Those who wish to go into a career in nursing, psychology, criminology, social work, residential care management, youth work or the probation service.
You will study:
This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.
Work experience is a mandatory part of the course.
You will be given written assignments for each unit as well as work placement reports.
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.
4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grade 9-5 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 email@example.com.
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.
“The teaching is so good on this course. They really help you and if you need to catch up they support you. I did two work placements earlier in the year – one in a nursery and another in a care home, and I was given a part time job as a result. It’s great because you get to practice what you’ve learnt in the classroom.”