Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 3)

What is the Course About?

A broad course that covers birth to death and everything in between. Work placement is an integral part of the course which equips students to move on into a wide range of roles within the sector or to undertake further study to train to enter professions such as nursing, midwifery, psychology, therapy and many others.

This qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels with a maximum UCAS tariff of 168 points.

The course is full time and covers a broad range of subjects with a one day a week work placement built in to the second year of the course.

Whilst studying at UCM, you will be encouraged to become involved in fundraising and enrichment activities.

What will I study?

You will study 13 units, eight of which are mandatory:

• Human Lifespan Development

• Working in Health and Social Care

• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

• Work Experience in Health and Social Care

• Principals of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

• Promoting Public Health

There will also be an additional 5 specialist units that could include:

• Understanding Mental Wellbeing

• Sociological Perspectives

• Psychological Perspectives

• Physiological Disorders and their Care

How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

When will I get a timetable?

Timetables are issued during Induction in September.

Useful links

A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30 p.m.

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

A presentation about the course and a one to one chat with staff.

What should I wear?

Smart casual, comfortable clothes.

What will I need to bring?

Your Record of Achievement and a smile.

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email applications@ucm.ac.im

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:

• make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

• make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

• suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

What are my progression and career options?

This qualification will help to prepare you for employment in the Health and Social Care sector or to progress onto higher education.

Possible career opportunities include becoming a health care assistant, support worker, police officer, education support officer and with further study, you could also possibly enter careers in nursing, midwifery, social work, psychology and teaching.

How will I be assessed?

The first four mandatory units are externally assessed. The remaining 9 units consist of a variety of assessment methods including: case studies, presentations, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time constrained assessments. These assignments will form a portfolio of course work. Work Related Learning is built into the course and many aspects of the course assignments will be based on relevant community work experience.

Entry requirements

• Four GCSEs at C or above or equivalent including Maths and English language

• You will also be required to complete a successful interview.

• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and a health check will need to be completed prior to the start of the course.