BTEC National Extended Diploma (Equivalent to 3 A levels)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma features an expanded 13 units and counts as 3 A Levels. You will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction on each unit and then your overall grade for the 13 units will be calculated giving you your final result for the 3 A Levels. The course also features a period of work placement, the majority of which is usually completed in the first year of study. The work placement is arranged to suit student living arrangements, transportation and interest in further careers. It is a compulsory requirement to complete 100 hours placement over the duration of the course. This is normally arranged in 3 separate block weeks throughout the course. This is a full time course and so you don’t not need to choose any other AS qualifications. Students who wish to re-sit any GCSE’s such as Maths or English can do so alongside the BTEC course.
This is a two year course where you will study 13 units over the full duration. 8 units are mandatory and 4 units are externally assessed consisting of 3 exams and 1 assessed research porject.
In Year 1 you will study the following units:
In Year 2 you will do one further exam and externally assessed research project. You will also do 5 other coursework based units.
Along with the 3 main exams, student will complete a range of coursework tasks in order to meet the set learning requirements for each unit. Tasks vary between traditional reports and newer exploratory learning assessments. Coursework can be assessed in a variety of ways including practical activities. All tasks have a kinaesthetic, vocational educational basis and are marked and moderated continuously throughout the year. Part of the course assessment is based upon completion of a period of a practical work placement with a local health and social care service which totals 100 hours, spread over the 2 year duration of the course.
We do not request any students to have previously studied Health and Social Care before coming on this course we simply ask that students have a minimum of five grade C’s at GCSE or equivalent, one of which must be English or Maths.
Skills and knowledge acquired are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, in their own lives, or future employment.