Health and Social Care - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time


This course is the first year of the extended diploma in Health Science, this course has been developed to give students the opportunity to develop sector specific knowledge and equip students with a core foundation of knowledge of health and social care.

This course is designed as an alternative to A levels, for those students who would like to progress in to a career in Nursing, Midwifery or social work.  

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal for potential students who want a vocational alternative to A levels.
This course is suitable for individuals who would like to work in the wider Health and Social Care sector or those wishing to move on to further studies or foundation degrees.

Qualification Gained

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

This course consists of units which cover the following topics:
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 the Life Stages.
Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.
Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care.
Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of:
• Lectures
• Practice work
• Group work
• Directed study
• Visiting practioners
• Guest speakers
• Professional discussions
• Written assignment
• Placement

Assessment Methods

You will be regularly assessed on academic written work.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of this course you could progress in to the diploma in Health and Care, other studies , employment or higher education.

Career Opportunities

upon completing the 90 credit diploma you can move on to year two of the full level 3 and study Health Science extended Diploma.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 and above (including English and Maths)
A satisfactory DBS clearance
2 References
Caring and compassionate nature

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.