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Health Studies (Health Science pathway) (Level 3 National Extended Diploma)

Pearson-BTEC
Care & Health

Course Overview

This is an exciting refresh to our long-standing Health Science qualification with updates in all subject areas for currency of knowledge and practice. It is an alternative to A-Levels that will prepare you for employment and university in areas such as nursing and allied health professions. Progression can include include Mental Health, Learning Disability, Children’s and Adult nursing; Speech and Language Therapy; Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Diagnostic Radiography; Therapeutic Radiography; Podiatry; Paramedics; and Biomedical Science. Former students have also entered primary and secondary teaching programmes. Modules of study will be health, caring and science-based units. Students must also complete mandatory placements in a range of health and care settings arranged by NWRC. This course involves assessment by coursework and exams.
  • Study Mode
    Full-Time
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Limavady
    Strabane
    Strand Road

Important Message

Applications/Enrolment now Closed for this year

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Campus
    Type
    Start Date
    Fees
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Health Studies (Health Science pathway)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 06/09/2021
    Fees:
    -
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Health Studies (Health Science pathway)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 06/09/2021
    Fees:
    -
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Health Studies (Health Science pathway)
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 06/09/2021
    Fees:
    -

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strabane Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Human Lifespan and Development
  • Working in HSC
  • Anatomy & Physiology for HSC
  • Enquiries into Current Research in HSC
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Work Experience in HSC
  • Principles of safe practice in HSC
  • Promoting Public Health
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care – Merit or above and GCSE (Grade C or above) in either English or Maths. A minimum of 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) is required for entry to the course including one of the following: English, Maths or Science.

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above) - including English, Maths or Science OR Leaving Cert Applied – Merit

Work Placement

100 hours of work placement is a compulsory element of this course and is highly valued by students. A mandatory requirement is that our students are deemed fit for placement. Each student must have Access NI Clearance and be deemed ‘placement ready’ by the College and Course Team. Placements have been carried out in hospital settings, residential and nursing homes, community day care facilities, schools, veterinary clinics and other community settings as arranged by NWRC.

What's Next?

Further Study

Nursing (all branches – Mental Health, Learning Disability, Children’s and Adult), Speech and Language Therapy, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry. Students also go to Diagnostic Radiography, Therapeutic Radiotherapy, and Paramedics. It can also lead to STEM programmes in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science/Criminology, Pharmaceutical Science, Food Technology, Nutrition and Veterinary Nursing. Former students have also entered primary and secondary teaching programmes.

Career Prospects

For many, this programme leads to degree level of study across a range of subject areas including: Nursing (all branches – Mental Health, Learning Disability, Children’s and Adult), Speech and Language Therapy, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry. Students may also go to Diagnostic Radiography, Therapeutic Radiotherapy, and Paramedics. It also leads to STEM programmes in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science/Criminology, Food Technology, Nutrition and Veterinary Nursing. Former students have also entered primary and secondary teaching programmes. Some students, via valued work placement, have gained employment in the health sector.

Enquiry

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    NWRC is a great place to learn. The NWRCSU is run by students, for students. We will do our upmost to ensure that the student voice is strong in the College and that your views are being heard right at the very top. Let us all work together so that every student feels that they belong to the college
    Eamonn Kelly
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    The support I received at College helped prepare me for work in the Healthcare sector. I'm now a fully qualified, registered nurse.
    Tonya Webb (Health & Welfare)

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