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Health & Social Care Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme will give you the skills to start a career within the Health and Social Care profession. You will be able to specialise in either Health Care or Social Care, whilst gaining valuable work experience within a variety of settings, such as the elderly, children and learning disabilities.

Chris Martin

“My learning style was more suited to course work and assignments rather than exams so I was interested in the courses that Bedford College offered.  I also knew that I wanted to specialise in health and social care so it made sense for me to get a BTEC qualification rather than A-Levels.”

“The College had a good reputation for treating students like an adult but at the same time being supportive and in my experience most of the staff went out of their way to help me.  Something as simple as being able to call my teachers by their first names helped me to develop a good relationship with them.”

“The course involved two work placements which I enjoyed and which gave me the chance to work at the 2012 Paralympic Games which was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our course tutors also arranged a meet the employer ‘speed date’ event where I was able to speak to a wide range of professionals from different health and social care roles such as nurses and care workers.  In fact I managed to get a job from this event so it proves how the College really can make you more employable and get your career off to a great start.  Choosing College rather than staying on at school was the best decision that I ever made.”

Chris - Health & Social Care Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 2 Years
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths (a science subject is also highly recommended) 
  • Health & Social Care Level 2 Certificate at Merit level
Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early years placement. 

Course content

Throughout the study programme you will cover a variety of units that will give you a wide variety of knowledge. In conjunction with your academic work you will also gain valuable experience within a variety of health and social care settings. This is a mandatory part of your course and to complete the course you will also have to ensure that you have the required amount of vocational hours.

  • Subject units:
    • Communication, Equality, Diversity and Rights
    • Lifespan Development, Anatomy and Physiology
    • You will also cover specialist units for the route that you decide to take
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience:
    You will undertake placement (one day a week, with block placements) in a range of vocational settings.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the opportunity to go on an educational trip that will be related to your studies. 
    • You will also have the chance to study for the following additional qualifications:
      • First Aid

Assessment methods

Teaching methods will include lectures, discussions, group work, practical classes, and guided study. All units are assessed by your tutors.


Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

Your career path from here will be dependant on the profession/career that you have chosen. You will be able to progress onto University to continue your career - such as nursing, midwifery, social work, and many other career choices, (subject to grades). You will also be able to progress into employment, where further work training qualifications can be gained.

Additional information

You are expected to be responsible for your own learning and work towards deadlines that have been set. You are expected to be prepared and organised for all your lessons as this will be vital to enable you to achieve. You will be required to pay £46 for required clothing, £20 for books and £399 for any trips/visits, you will also be required to pay for your CRB check. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 11/09/2017 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street K1005

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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