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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.

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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.

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How to apply

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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


  • 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

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
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