Health and Social Care


Course Type BTEC Extended Diploma Full/Part Time Full
Subject Health and Social Care Start Date Sept 2018
Level 3 Award Body Pearson’s


Course Introduction:

2 Year Vocational BTEC Extended Diploma Course in Health and Social Care.



Grace Academy offers students the opportunity to study BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. This is a two-year course after which pupils will gain the equivalent of 3 A level qualifications, suitable for pursuing a career in the health and social care sector. In taking the BTEC Level 3, students would not be required take any additional A levels alongside.

ourse Suitable for:

The Pearson BTEC National 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 and will develop a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content and optional units. You will be required to attend work placement during this course throughout your two year studies.


Preferable Entry Requirements:

At least 5 Grade 4s at GCSE in any subject to include English and Maths

At least Grade 5 at English


Why Study?

The Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma is a new addition to the BTEC qualifications at Grace Academy. It will allow students to focus solely on a chosen pathway of Health and Social Care and develop a variety of skills and knowledge for higher education or a career in this field. This course is based upon work related scenarios and links well to further education or career choices. Studying Health and Social Care at KS5 opens up the opportunities to expand your learning from GCSEs and develop your skills further.  Health and Social has proved to be very popular and successful at certificate level.


Progression Opportunities:

This qualification is the main focus of a two-year study programme of learning, meaning that learners will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes and would also suit a student wanting to progress in childcare. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

BSc (Hons) in Nursing, in Social Work, in Physiotherapy. In Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, in Health and Social Care


Why Grace Academy?

Grace Academy has been delivering post 16 courses for a number of years and have experienced specialist teachers for Health and Social Care. Results at Post 16 are consistently good each year. This specialist knowledge is effectively shared with students to support their learning and progress, allowing all students to access in depth content.

We will also build  Into the two year course compulsory work experience blocks enabling you to gain valuable employable skills and knowledge to develop onto the next stage.



Mandatory Units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

Optional Units:

  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Nutritional Health
  • Policy in Health and Social Care
  • Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing


Assessment Methods:

The Extended Diploma will be assessed through assignments, Pearson tasks and written exams. The assignments will be set and marked by Grace Academy staff, these involve a series of tasks set in a work related scenario over a period of time. The tasks set by Pearson will require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in real life scenarios that they are likely to encounter in the work place.

The written exams are set and marked by Pearson for units 1 to 4. There are three 1.5 hour exams for units 1 to 3 and an external task set with a 3 hour supervised session. These units contributes to 42% of the total qualifications guided learning hours.


How does the qualification provide employability skills?

The qualification focuses on the development on key skills that further educational and employers look for in a candidate. These include:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


Support Provided:

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful. You will need to monitor your own progress, we want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.


Course Application:

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject to suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.