This two-year qualification will provide you with a broad introduction to the field of health and social care through projects, assignments and exams based on realistic workplace situations and supervised work experience.

  • Description

    You will enter the field of health and or social care with an industry placement that begins in October and continues for the length of the course. The placement is for two days a week and is with a local employer. Throughout your programme, you will learn about values and behaviours in health and social care whilst exploring the different settings and job roles you may go into. During your programme you'll cover

    • equality and diversity
    • human lifespan development
    • communication
    • psychological perspectives With a focus on how to meet individual care needs in a manner that promotes safe practice in health and social care, including safeguarding'.

    In year 2 you will look at empowerment, anatomy and physiology along with research methods.

    All students will need to obtain a DBS before they begin work placement and arrangements for this will take place during Induction week.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English and preferably Science. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.

    There are no specific skills needed although recognising the values and behaviours necessary to care and support individuals at their most vulnerable. A willingness to provide high quality care

  • Qualification

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

  • Progression

    A number of our students obtain good roles locally, usually obtained from their work placement experiences. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue the health route and UCAS tariff enables you to pursue this HE pathway. You may stay on at Newbury College and complete Level 4/5 HNC/HND in Healthcare Practice or Social and Community Work or Social Work Apprentice Degree.

  • Assessment

    The majority of your units are internally assessed and graded. There are two externally marked assessments, 1 in each year of the cours. Year 1 includes 1. Human Lifespan, 2. Working in Health and Social Care. Year 2 includes 3. Anatomy and Physiology 4. Current Enquiries into Research in Health and Social Care. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end of the course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. Work placements in health and care settings are essential to the course and provide valuable links between theory and practice.

  • Home Study

    A minimum of 5 hours

  • Work Placement

    Industry placement begins in October for 2 days each week. Placements are with local employers and include West Berkshire Council Diamond Quality Care Care UK Winchcombe Care Home BUPA Argyles Nursing Home Mencap Students are expected to wear a uniform whilst on placement to which there are additional charges.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    For your work placement you will need to purchase a college logo polo shirt and sweatshirt at a cost of approximately £30.00.

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16 - 18 year olds

In most cases, students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme (including T Levels) will not be required to pay fees, and the College will fund most course-specific equipment and materials. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 College Subscription.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. Our Fees, Funding and Financial Support page has details on financial support, fee remissions and loans. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you before enrolment.

Funded programmes

Where course fees are fully funded (for example Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills), the course is free of charge to students, subject to eligibility.

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are fully funded and free of charge to learners. Employers who want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees contribute to the cost of training. See the Fees and Additional Costs for more information.