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Health & Social Care Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme has been designed to enable students to access Higher Education, find out about careers such as nursing, midwifery and social work and aid progression into the workplace. The programme also carries UCAS points allowing entry into university. You will attend placements throughout the course in a range of vocational settings to gain valuable experience within the Health & Social Care sector. You will also have the opportunity to go on trips and events and all of our tutors are vocational experts within their field of Health & Social Care.

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 including English OR
  • A Level 2 qualification at Merit or above.

Course content

This study programme will cover a range of specific, related units that will give underpinning knowledge of key areas within the Health & Social Care sector. You will be able to put your new found knowledge into practice on your placements, which take place one day a week or on block release.

  • Subject units:
    • Safeguarding
    • Infection Control & Prevention
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Anatomy & Physiology
  • 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, plus an international trip in Year 2

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include; controlled assessments, a short answer question paper, plus written work that will need to be presented within a portfolio.


Health & Social Care NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

You could go on to university to study such areas as nursing, midwifery, social work, youth work, and paramedics. Alternatively, you could enter employment in the sector as a Support Worker.

Additional information

You will need to pay £120 for additional costs.

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 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street K1005

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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.

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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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