Edexcel is a Pearson company and the largest awarding organisation in the UK with a long history of developing relevant vocational qualifications. They are accredited by the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) to develop and award qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).



The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF) qualification is a highly specialist, work-related qualification in a range of vocational sectors. It is designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. This course can extend the experience of adult learners, of working in a particular sector, or assist those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

The qualification prepares learners for progression within education or into employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to study in detail or work in a particular area of work.


Applicants must be:

A UK/EU citizen or have ‘settled status

Learners who have recently been in education, should have the following:

a BTEC level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or a related vocational area

a standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A*-C

other related level 2 qualifications

Accepted Level 2 qualifications include:

GCSE (grades A* to C)

City & Guilds Level 2

Level 2 NVQ

OCR Nationals

BTEC First Diploma

Intermediate GNVQ

Short courses or qualifications in a language other than English will not be accepted.

Mature learners:

More mature learners must have relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) in the healthcare sector and will be assessed to ensure that they demonstrate an ability to progress to a level 3 Qualification.

International Qualifications:

Students with non-UK qualifications must hold an overseas qualification equivalent to a UK GCSE. You can apply for a qualification comparison from NARIC ( to see how your qualification compares to UK equivalents.

Other requirements:

Candidates must have basic IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, internet and email)


The course is made up of 9 units overall, studied over a period of 7 months. It has a minimum credit value of 90 credits and will involve 1 day per week College based study. You will also be expected to study on your own and work on the assignments.

Below is an indication of the structure of the course the College will offer:

Unit no. Title Credit Level
1 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care 10 3
2 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care 10 3
3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care 10 3
4 Development Through the Life Stages 10 3
21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care 10 3
22 Research Methodology for Health and Social Care 15 3
24 Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care Settings 10 3
30 Health Psychology 10 3
32 Mobility and Exercise for Health and Social Care 10 3

Learners who are currently in work or have access to work placement can choose to take one of the following

Below is an indication of the structure of the course the College will offer:

Unit no. Title
Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care, which requires 100 hours of work experience to be completed.
Unit 44 Vocational Experience for Health and Social Care which requires 100 hours of work experience to be completed in addition to the 100 hours required for Unit 6.

The course is 100% assignment based and the coursework is designed by the course team. Assessment grades are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.


The qualification prepares learners for employment or progression within the health and care sector which has a range of opportunities, not limited to residential care, child care, social care, counselling and many others.
This qualification also enables learners to progress onto a higher level qualification such as the Higher National Diploma (Level 5) in subjects such as Health and Social Care or Business.


The fees are funded through the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans so there are no upfront costs. Learners will take out a tuition fee loan which is paid to the College. This needs to be repaid once learners complete the course and earn a minimum of £21000 a year.

Week commencing 28th March 2016.


Please call a member of the admissions team on 020 7265 8497 to make an appointment. The admissions process will involve a friendly interview and a short English and Maths assessment.

“ Last updated on 09/03/2016 ”