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Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma

Extended Diploma (equivalent to the National Diploma)
Through this programme you will gain a greater understanding of the Health & Care working environment, develop skills and have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way through work placement. We have a designated placement officer who will find you a work placement. We also carry out and pay for a CRB check..


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is designed for students aged 16 - 18. This is a 18 unit practical work-related course. Learning occurs through the completion of projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course provides much of the underpinning knowledge for National Occupational Standards, is equivalent to 3 A Levels and enables progression to higher educational vocational qualifications or into work.

The BTEC Extended Diploma consists of 18 units over the two year course. All students will take eight core units: Effective Communication, (Equality, Diversity and Rights), Health, Safety and Security, Development through the Life Stages, Anatomy and Physiology, Personal and Professional Development, Sociological and Psychological Development. A further ten specialist units will be covered, consisting of unists designed to facilitate specialist knowlege to enable progression to HE study in Health or Social work.

Each unit is assessed and graded via pass, merit and distinction grading categories and an overall grade for the qualification is based on these and will be allocated at the end of the course.

The course includes a placement for which all students will need to have a CRB enhanced disclosure. The college will apply and pay for the CRB check. This means that any student without a clean police record will need to discuss their individual circumstances with the course tutor prior to enrolment.

16-18? You may be able to study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


Lectures, Practical Seminars, Personal Tutorials, Visits, Guest Speakers

Course Leader profile

Steve Ferguson & Steve Richardson

Steve Ferguson

Steve is a graduate of Huddersfield University where he gained an honours degree in Health and Community studies as well as a PGCE. In his previous role it was his responsibility to support and inform people on how to improve their psychological and physical health and well-being. To achieve this, Steve developed and delivered courses such as; anger management, stress management, motivating self and others and other similar personal, social and health improvement courses.

Many of the service users Steve has worked with were going through difficult stages in their life and had complex issues often involving the use of drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances; a large number were under the guidance of the criminal justice system. The experience Steve has of working in this sector provides him with a solid foundation of real life working knowledge which he can draw upon within his teaching. He also continues to maintain the subject specialist knowledge regarding the most contemporary challenges and issues within the health and social care sector.

Steve holds particular interests in subjects such as Public Health, Health Promotion, Anatomy and Physiology, Sociology and Psychology. He has a passion for teaching and hold aspirations for all my students’, He aims to make all lessons engaging whilst promoting the college ethos of helping learners to achieve in both life and work.

Steve Richardson

Steve began his career at Bradford Social Services as a Trainee Residential Social Worker in 1999, based in a series of Children’s Homes throughout the district. He worked with children who experienced abuse and abusive behaviours and who demonstrated extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Steve studied and developed his practical skills and progressed to a Senior Practitioner and then Assistant Unit Manager before achieving Registered Manager status of a home in Sowerby Bridge through CSCI, and then Ofsted. 

Steve then accepted a post as a Senior Operations Manager and assumed management responsibility for a series of children’s homes based throughout the north of England before achieving his teaching qualifications to enable him to help develop the next generation of the children’s workforce."

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for 16 - 18 year olds. You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 to include English Language and Maths, Science is strongly advised. The course includes a placement and all students will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The college will apply and pay for this.

Interview Process

An interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

Our experienced tutors have worked in relevant vocational areas and are highly qualified in both teaching and their vocational area. They have worked in the Health and Care setting therefore have practical experience as well as knowledge and skills they bring to the classroom.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment occurs via a wide range of activities including written work, individual and group presentations, practical observations, Pod Casts and Tests.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities, Level 3 Access in Health or Combined Studies, HNC Health and Social Care HNC/D Provision in Care Practice and/or degrees in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Midwifery, Health with Community Studies, Health Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Social Work, Degrees in Community and Youth Studies, Public Policy, Applied Social Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Education, Careers in Palliative Care, Youth Work and Respite Carers

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 13.5 hours per week
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: Free
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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