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This course is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or to employment in the health and social care sector. The qualification is equivalent to one A Level.

The BTEC Extended Diploma covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few. This subject is useful for those wishing to enter professions such as teaching, nursing, midwifery, social work and work within the care sector.

Lead Teachers: Mrs Fiona Lavelle-Sullivan

Course Content and Assessment

To develop a better understanding of the demands of the sector local community links will be made where possible.

Assessment consists of internal assignments (42%) and external exams (58%).

The external exams are available twice a year.

4 units of study should be completed, of which 3 are mandatory including:

Year One

Human Lifespan Development - external assessment 1.5hrs 90 marks

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs - internal assessment

Year Two

Working in Health and Social Care - external assessment 1.5hrs 80 marks

Physiological disorders and their care – internal assessment

Opportunity to study one further unit of interest for distinction students

Psychological perspectives – internal assessment

Supporting Individuals with additional needs – internal assessment

Sociological Perspectives – internal assessment

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 5 in Higher Tier GCSE Combined Science and Mathematics, but we will consider other students on an individual basis in exceptional circumstances.

Where will this Course take me?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate has been developed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a program of study that includes other appropriate BTECs or A-levels.

You will develop specific skills and knowledge relevant to the sector as well as transferable skills useful for any workplace. It can lead to further degree programs such as nursing, social work, midwifery, primary teaching, speech and language therapy and a range of registered professions if linked with appropriate programs of study.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programs with specific higher education providers.

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