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Health and Social Care Level 3

Course Overview

The Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care is a one-year, full-time course that gives a coherent study of the Health and Social Care sector. It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels.


The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is intended as an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels. The qualification develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content. It allows learners to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically on health studies.

What topics are covered?

The course is comprised of academic units and professional practice placements in health and social care settings.


Units will include:

  • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Supporting and protecting adults
  • Physiological disorders
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Health psychology


In your second year you can specialise in either Health and Social Care or Health Science and choose one of the pathways below:


Employability route: This pathway provides you with the opportunity to significantly develop your employability skills whilst studying a suite of sector specific qualifications.


Higher Education: This pathway provides the opportunity to engage in an Extended Diploma in Health and Social or Health Science, and will focus on the development of employability skills as well as readiness for progression to Higher Education.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

Five full GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English language and preferably maths; or a related Level 2 qualification at Merit.


You will also need to clear a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check after successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this document for more information.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

There will be classroom-based academic sessions and practical learning as well as placements in a variety of health and social care settings.

What hours will I be in college?

The course is delivered over two years and will be timetabled over four days in College with one day working in health and social care settings.

How will I be assessed?

There will be continuous assessment by coursework and assessment of competence in practice.

What can I do after this course?

Move on to a health sciences related career.


Progress on to university to study in a range of fields including adult nursing, mental health nursing, psychology, sociology or primary education. Below is a list of recent examples of degree courses and universities which students from this course have progressed on to:


Bath Spa University Education (Primary Teaching Pathway)
Bournemouth University Midwifery, Children’s and Young People’s Nursing
Canterbury Christchurch University Nursing (Adult)
Cardiff University Nursing (Child Health), Midwifery
Leeds Beckett University Psychology
Northumbria University Childhood and Early Years Studies
Oxford Brookes University Nursing (Adult / Children)
Southampton University Nursing Adult Branch BN
Swansea University Nursing (Child)
University of East London Education Studies
University of Leeds Nursing (Child)
University of Plymouth Nursing (Adult), Paramedic Practitioner, Law with Criminology
University of Portsmouth Sociology and Media Studies
University of Southampton Nursing Child Branch BN
UWE Nursing (Mental Health / Children / Adult)

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee
A polo shirt to wear in practice
Disclosure and Barring Service check
Two recommended course text books at approximately £20 each
Travelling to and from placements

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus or the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus, depending upon where you have chosen to do this course.

What else do I need to know?

If you are employed you may be eligible to become an apprentice. For more information on work-based learning options and apprenticeships please visit our Apprenticeships page.


This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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