Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course is ideal if you are thinking of a job within either a health or social care setting. It is a great introduction to the world of this ever-changing and demanding industry and can help you progress either into a job, or directly to university to study a degree-related subject.

You will be taught by a variety of teachers from a range of disciplines, and have the chance to complete six work placements in health and social care settings that interest you. You will study a vast array of subjects, including social sciences, laws and biological units.

This two-year course is aimed at students who know that their future path lies in health or care practice. You will carry out a minimum of 100 hours of work experience over the two-year course, which will be attended as three full week blocks each year during the course. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.

Course objectives

This two-year course is aimed at students who know that their future path lies in health or care practice. BTECs are designed to provide specialist, work-related qualifications, giving you the focused, underpinning knowledge to enter the world of Health and Social Care:

  • Gain specialist knowledge and understanding in Health and Social care
  • Learn best practices for the sector
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Learn from industry practitioners

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.


Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 (grade C), including Maths and English Language or Level 2 Health & Social Care Diploma at Distinction.

Additional requirements

A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required so students can attend a work placement; this must be applied for before embarking on the course or during enrolment.

This course is an extended Diploma pathway specifically designed for those learners who wish to progress onto employment or health-related degrees.

Teaching team

Dawn McGowan (Course Leader)
Paul Marshall


You will study the eight mandatory units plus selected optional units. Amongst other topics you will examine how practitioners can communicate effectively with a range of service users and make sure that any possible barriers to communication are overcome. You will have the opportunity to look at the impact of discrimination upon users of service and how practitioners work to promote anti-discriminatory practice when working in health and care settings. In looking at how to maintain health and safety you will focus on yourself as a worker as well as the users of service and the setting itself.

You will look at how individuals develop throughout their life stages and the impact of our anatomy and physiology on health and well-being. You will be taught by teachers from a range of disciplines and learn about psychological, sociological and biological perspectives on health and social care. We investigate users of service of all ages and you will study how practitioners work to maintain the safety and well-being of those they are caring

Assessment and exam information

There are four examinations which are externally assessed for this course. You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction for the eight mandatory units studied. Assignments cover a range of assessment methods, such as essays and reports, presentations, videos, discussions, visual displays.

Career and progression

Work experience

You will carry out a minimum of 100 hours work experience over the two year course, which will be attended as three full week blocks each year during the course.

Enrichment opportunities

This is planned on a year-by-year basis according to local opportunities, but we normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of Health & Social Care. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.

Learner progression

You may apply for positions in a range of care or health services or apply to study at degree level in a related discipline; e.g. nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy or to become a paramedic.

Your career

This course can lead to junior level positions in a wide variety of career areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, social and community work.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

For more details, please get in touch.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan



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