Health and Social Care student at UCB


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


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Start your journey towards a hugely rewarding career in the health and social care profession. Whether you are interested in nurse training, working with the elderly or a role as a health care assistant, our Health and Social Care college course will set you on your way to making a real difference in people’s lives.

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours to prepare you for continuing study, apprenticeships or employment within the health and social care sector.

This course is not just about classroom learning. You will get hands-on, practical training in realistic environments within our purpose-built health and social care simulation facilities at University College Birmingham. You will also put your skills into action by going on placement in a real workplace environment within a health and social care setting, letting you explore many different areas of work and gain vital experience alongside your studies.

Why choose this college course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Give your CV a huge boost and experience the industry first-hand on work placements, with opportunities from care homes or hospitals to schools and more
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Take on projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and activities, supported by our superb simulation facilities in our superb simulation facilities
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This college course will support your progression to relevant degrees at university
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

Our purpose-built health and social care simulation facilities at University College Birmingham provide our students with a dedicated teaching room but also the practical experience required for when they engage in their real working environment placements.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

  • Human Lifespan Development– externally assessed
  • Working in Health and Social Care– externally assessed
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care– externally assessed
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care– externally assessed (synoptic)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – internally assessed
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care – internally assessed
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – internally assessed
  • Promoting Public Health – internally assessed

You will also study five optional units which are all internally assessed.

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Entry requirements

Our health and social care lecturers are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to excel in the health and social care industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (grade D) or above, including English (Language or Literature) and Maths.

English and maths

If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.

Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team after enrolment. University College Birmingham will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Assessment methods for this course:

There are four externally assessed units. These are:

Year 1

1 Human Lifespan Development

2 Working in Health and Social Care

Year 2

3 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

All other units are assessed internally using a range of innovative assessment methods.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)


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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Students on our Level 3 Health and Social Care college course will need to spend time on placement in an appropriate setting, with opportunities available in residential homes, day-care centres, special schools, community centres, hospitals, or youth centres.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Barchester Healthcare Edgbaston Beaumont Care Home
  • Age UK Birmingham
  • Anchor Homes
  • Cerebral Palsy Midlands
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

I did four placements at college, which were the highlight of the whole course. I loved having the opportunity to put everything I was learning in the classroom straight into action. My final placement, at a residential care home, led to me being offered a permanent position as a care assistant.

Niamh Bucknall-Jones Health and Social Care Level 3

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Healthcare assistant

Average Salary: £17,500

Care worker

Average Salary: £18,750

Social work assistant

Average Salary: £18,750

Residential support worker

Average Salary: £22,000

Senior care worker

Average Salary: £18,750

Care home advocate

Average Salary: £24,000

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Health and Social Care, Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Physiotherapy degree programmes.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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