Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care National Foundation Diploma and National Extended Diploma BTEC Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care is a one-year course. The National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a two-year course. Both courses start in September each year.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to hold five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths or an Extended Diploma at Level 2 at Merit grade in a related subject with GCSE English and Maths at grade 4.
  • You will also take part in an interview prior to enrolling on the course.
  • You must undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) process and provide the result.

You will achieve

You will achieve a BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care after successful completion of your first year of study and a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care after successful completion of your second year of study.

Course overview

If you want to pursue a career in the Health and Social Care sector, then this is the course for you!

This two-year programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required to work in the health and social care sector. Plus, you’ll have lots of work experience, as you complete a work placement of at least 100 hours.

BTEC courses have always combined knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This course will develop your vocational behaviours and transferable skills, including communication, teamwork, and research and analysis, all of which are valued in both Higher Education and the workplace.

Course content

This course has been created for students who wish to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to Higher Education or employment in the health and social care sector. The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

By studying this course, you will develop a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content. It will allow you to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units.

You will study eight mandatory units as part of your course. These are:

  • 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

To develop a better understanding of the demands of the sector and to enable you to be able to demonstrate your commitment and interest in the sector, you are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of work experience as part of the course. This is really beneficial when applying for further study or a job!

You will also have the opportunity to study a further five optional units which will be discussed throughout your course. These are subject to change each year but may include:

  • Infection protection and control
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
  • Understanding mental wellbeing
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs

The qualification is assessed through a range of methods including:

  • Internally set and assessed units.
  • Externally set and assessed units (these are examinations and synoptic assessments).

You will need to provide writing materials and stationery, a folder, a USB stick and have access to a computer (computers can be accessed in College).

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
Barnsley
S70 2AX

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, which means students will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes, higher level apprenticeships or employment. Upon completion, you could progress onto a range of our university-level courses including Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship, Professional Practice in Health and Social Care Foundation Degree or Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship.

How much does the course cost?

If you are not in receipt of an applicable benefit or earn over £17,004 per year the course fee is £4,670 per year. There are no course fees for this programme of study if you are in receipt of an applicable benefit or earn less than £17,004 per year.

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.

 

 

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care National Foundation Diploma and National Extended Diploma BTEC Level 3 Full-time

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