Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Health and Social Care - BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 Year 1

The first year of this Diploma provides an introduction to the health and social care sector and continued study.

  • Apply

Key information

Course code: B1089 Course type: Full-time, International, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and Maths End qualification: BTEC Foundation Diploma Health and Social Care Level 3 Awarding body: Pearson Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, East Campus Assessment: Written assignments, controlled assessment and external examination

Course aims and areas

Studying health and social care at Brighton MET allows you to gain a mix of practical and academic experiences.

You will spend one day per week on a work placement. You might be working in a hospital, with the elderly, children, or those with additional needs.

If you are successful in your first year, you may continue to the second year extended diploma. This will open up more opportunities, in particular the skills, knowledge and UCAS points towards applying for higher education in preparation for a career in nursing, paramedics, teaching or social work.

Course Units

  • Human lifespan development
  • Working in health and social care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Plus one optional unit

Why the MET?

This course offers high levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships.

You will experience different aspects of the sector through multiple work placements. 

The department has excellent employment links with local hospitals. 

Our teachers bring a great range of industry experience and theoretical knowledge, and are committed to helping you attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Throughout the year you will also benefit from inspirational guest speakers and industry related trips.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

See more details

How to apply

It’s super easy. You can apply to Brighton MET online.

Apply

Or if you’d like to apply by post or in person, please click below.

How to apply

Work experience

We have excellent links and partnerships with local employers to ensure we can place you in a suitable setting that fits your needs and career aspirations.

You will experience employment within the care sector and develop work-related skills, knowledge and understanding. 

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas. 

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students. 


What's next?

90% of our students have been successful in obtaining places at University to study various programmes.

On successful completion of this Foundation Diploma, students can progress to Year 2 and study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or undertake an apprenticeship in health and social care.

After this course you may wish to enter employment into the care industry as a Health Care Assistant, progress onto the Level 3 extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, or use this year as a top up of UCAS points if you have previously done a level 3 course. 

Future career include:

  • Nursing 
  • Midwifery
  • Health care worker
  • Social work
  • Youth work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • Policing
  • Nutritionist

Facilities

  • Industry standard equipment to develop practical, vocational skills
  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
Facilities

Additional costs

You will have to purchase a t-shirt for your placement uniform costing £10 and it is advised you purchase a textbook costing £25.

Some financial help may be available. 

Additional costs
  • Slider 1
  • Slider 2
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Medical practitioner

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines patient, arranges for any necessary x-rays or other tests and interprets results.
  • Diagnoses condition and prescribes and/or administers appropriate treatment/surgery.
  • Administers medical tests and inoculations against communicable diseases.
  • Supervises patients' progress and advises on diet, exercise and other preventative action.
  • Refers patient to specialist where necessary and liaises with specialist.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.
  • Supervises the implementation of care and treatment plans by other healthcare providers.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1804 Available opportunities 0.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £31,454

AVERAGE £61,016

POTENTIAL £121,563

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Long term locum contract -ST3 Rheumatology – 4 months – North West London Company: Rig Locums Location: London
View Vacancy
LAS ST3 General Medicine with Stroke Medicine Company: Isle of Wight NHS Trust Location: Isle of Wight
View Vacancy
General Practitioner Company: r-care Location: London
View Vacancy
Clinical Coordinator Company: Talk to a Doctor Location: London
View Vacancy

Care worker or home carer

Typical Tasks:

  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
  • Generally assists with service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Monitors service users' conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping.
  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

5121 Available opportunities 3% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,962

AVERAGE £16,985

POTENTIAL £24,609

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Health Care Assistant Company: G &H CARE LIMITED Location: East Hampshire
View Vacancy
Health Care Assistant Company: G &H CARE LIMITED Location: Bognor Regis
View Vacancy
Care Assistant Bank Company: Care UK Ltd Location: London
View Vacancy
Care Assistant - Adults Services (Older Persons) HCC3679 Company: Hampshire County Council Location: Winchester
View Vacancy

Houseparent or residential warden

Typical Tasks:

  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the resident's family and friends.
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
  • Keeps records and writes reports.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

19 Available opportunities 3.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,177

AVERAGE £18,954

POTENTIAL £27,632

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Part Time Foster Carer Recruitment Officer – South London Company: Anchor Foster Care Location: London
View Vacancy
Team Manager- Fostering Company: Remedy Recruitment Group Location: South East
View Vacancy
Supervising Social Worker - Fostering Team Company: Charles Hunter Associates Location: London
View Vacancy
Supervising Social Worker Company: Regional Foster Placements Location: Brighton
View Vacancy

Ambulance staff (excluding paramedic)

Typical Tasks:

  • Helps patients into and out of ambulance.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to transport patients to hospitals or other treatment centres and homes.
  • Ascertains nature of injuries and provides first aid treatment.
  • Cleans and disinfects ambulance after use and carries out routine care of ambulance equipment.
  • Replenishes medical supplies in ambulance as necessary.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

32 Available opportunities 6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,026

AVERAGE £17,219

POTENTIAL £24,024

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Ambulance Care Assistant - Hellingly, Chichester and Worthing Company: South Central Ambulance Service Location: Hellingly
View Vacancy
Ambulance Care Assistant Company: Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Location: Surrey
View Vacancy
Ambulance Care Assistant - Reading Company: South Central Ambulance Service Location: Reading
View Vacancy
Part Time Ambulance Driver Company: G4S (UK) Location: Ashford
View Vacancy
Share with a friend Looking good? Start your application Apply Back to results