BTEC level 3 health and social care Watch

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I am planning on doing a BTEC level 3 extended certificate in health and social care when i finish my GCSEs. Basically I would just like to know information about the course, is it difficult? I am hard-working and know i would get the coursework done. Is DDD or DDM hard to achieve as that is what i need to get into uni? Are the student textbooks any good? do they help reach the top grades?

Please reply, any info on the course would be appreciated.


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Hello TSR
I am planning on doing a BTEC level 3 extended certificate in health and social care when i finish my GCSEs. Basically I would just like to know information about the course, is it difficult? I am hard-working and know i would get the coursework done. Is DDD or DDM hard to achieve as that is what i need to get into uni? Are the student textbooks any good? do they help reach the top grades?

Please reply, any info on the course would be appreciated.


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I'm just finishing up on my BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care, so I can give you some advice

You're going to be given 18 modules to study, and you're expected to write assignments based on the modules. For each criteria in the assignments, you're going to be basically given a question which you will have to answer. The textbooks are really helpful, but I wouldn't recommend you use them if you want to achieve merits or distinctions. You would be expected to do your own research from the internet/different books and use different sources if you want to aim for merits and distinctions. If you know how to manage your time well and are organised, then I wouldn't say it's going to be difficult for you. You'd have to be willing to put in the time and effort to complete all your coursework and meet deadlines, because you're only going to be given about 2 submissions for each assignment (depending on your college). If you're a hard worker, then I'm sure you will do just fine

DDM/DDD will only be hard to achieve if you do the bare minimum and basically just get all passes and little/no merits or distinctions. If you work hard from day 1 and get as many merits and distinctions as you can, then it will definitely be easily to achieve DDM/DDD or even D*D*D* which is even better. You will also go on placements (we had 3 different placements a year, but it depends on your college) - however some colleges don't offer placements and this may affect your application if you're thinking of applying to university. What I'd suggest is you organize your own work experience in health or social care settings - try to get as many as you can because it will make you stand out from other A Level students.

One advice I would give you is to not spend too much time socializing (which a lot of people on my course have done) because you're going to regret it in your second year.

Good luck!
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Thank-you so much, your reply has helped me immensely! I am really looking forward to starting now I have one more question, did you have to do alot of presentations?
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Thank-you so much, your reply has helped me immensely! I am really looking forward to starting now I have one more question, did you have to do alot of presentations?
No problem

We only had to do one class presentation for a research methodology unit (unit 22), and we also carried out health education campaigns at schools (unit 20). It's quite scary at first, but you'll love it - a great confidence builder!
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I'm just finishing up on my BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care, so I can give you some advice

You're going to be given 18 modules to study, and you're expected to write assignments based on the modules. For each criteria in the assignments, you're going to be basically given a question which you will have to answer. The textbooks are really helpful, but I wouldn't recommend you use them if you want to achieve merits or distinctions. You would be expected to do your own research from the internet/different books and use different sources if you want to aim for merits and distinctions. If you know how to manage your time well and are organised, then I wouldn't say it's going to be difficult for you. You'd have to be willing to put in the time and effort to complete all your coursework and meet deadlines, because you're only going to be given about 2 submissions for each assignment (depending on your college). If you're a hard worker, then I'm sure you will do just fine

DDM/DDD will only be hard to achieve if you do the bare minimum and basically just get all passes and little/no merits or distinctions. If you work hard from day 1 and get as many merits and distinctions as you can, then it will definitely be easily to achieve DDM/DDD or even D*D*D* which is even better. You will also go on placements (we had 3 different placements a year, but it depends on your college) - however some colleges don't offer placements and this may affect your application if you're thinking of applying to university. What I'd suggest is you organize your own work experience in health or social care settings - try to get as many as you can because it will make you stand out from other A Level students.

One advice I would give you is to not spend too much time socializing (which a lot of people on my course have done) because you're going to regret it in your second year.

Good luck!
Hello, I am in my first year doing this course Just wondering are you going to university?
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Hello, I am in my first year doing this course Just wondering are you going to university?
Hey Yes, I'm hoping to go to university this year (provided I get the grades). I'm going to be doing Adult Nursing at KCL. What about you? Do you have any idea what you'd like to do? x
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I am also starting this course in September, after doing a year of AS levels. I found this forum really helpful in giving me information about this course. Having looked at the modules that are studied, it seems really interesting. I can't wait to start. I'm hoping to go onto university by the end of the course to study for an Adult nursing degree.


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hi i am studying health and social care level 3 extended diploma aswell, this is my first year and i was wondering i have only got 2 distinctions 1 merit and rest passes out of 9 units, would i still be able to get dmm if i fix up for next year????
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Hello TSR
I am planning on doing a BTEC level 3 extended certificate in health and social care when i finish my GCSEs. Basically I would just like to know information about the course, is it difficult? I am hard-working and know i would get the coursework done. Is DDD or DDM hard to achieve as that is what i need to get into uni? Are the student textbooks any good? do they help reach the top grades?

Please reply, any info on the course would be appreciated.


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I'm in my first year so I can give you some advice
The course isn't hard if you put a lot of effort into your coursework. The textbooks are useful but the units are all jumbled up in both books.
You sound like someone who works hard, so I think you'll be fine
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hi i am studying health and social care level 3 extended diploma aswell, this is my first year and i was wondering i have only got 2 distinctions 1 merit and rest passes out of 9 units, would i still be able to get dmm if i fix up for next year????
I'm in my first year as well, and I was told that I can sort out my merits and distinctions next year !
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hi i dont no if anyone one could help . i want to do the health and social care level 3 course but while doing a couselling course alongside it . Do you think its to much , i dont really no about the level 3 so im unsure about how much work there is . has anyone else did another course alongside the level or 3 or 2 . Plzz i really need advice
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Hello, I have completed my HSC Level 3 BTEC course. I absolutely loved it even though the assignments were very demanding, had immense pressure put on me because sometimes I got a little carried away socialising or being lazy. FIRST year I had a mixture of Distinctions, Merits and Passes and an overall Grade of Merit.
SECOND year, I took my time to complete many units but I had supportive teachers and I managed to get Distinctions in most units. The last 2weeks of my course I had to complete 7 units which I left til last minute (silly me) but they are very easy to complete, with enough effort, research and time put in and I managed to get Distinctions all the way!!

DDM = 1460 points I got 1525!

Each pass = 70 points
Each Merit = 80 points
Each Distinction = 90 points

However, UNIT 6 = Distinction is 180 points
Unit 22= Distinction is 135
Unit 7 & 8= Pass/Merit/Distinction = 35
Unit 25= Pass is 35 points
Some are bigger or smaller units than others.

I have got a conditional offer at The University Of Birmingham for Nursing,
The Conditions are: a DDM from the course
A health Check and immunisation (mostly Hep B vaccines)
& a CRB/DBS Check.

The placements I did for the BTEC course made my personal statement sound amazing :P The whole course makes you learn soooo much. Its definitely achievable and rewarding!!
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I'm in my first year as well, and I was told that I can sort out my merits and distinctions next year !
I would advise you not to leave anything last minute or you will be under a lot of pressure. Speaking from experience. First year do well and second year will be so much easier, if you want to go to university it is best to get as much Distinctions and Merits as you can because they are worth a lot of points that can help you get a high grade! If you leave first year work for second year it will be harder to complete all 9 units and extra left over work at the same time. Unless your time management is excellent.
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I would advise you not to leave anything last minute or you will be under a lot of pressure. Speaking from experience. First year do well and second year will be so much easier, if you want to go to university it is best to get as much Distinctions and Merits as you can because they are worth a lot of points that can help you get a high grade! If you leave first year work for second year it will be harder to complete all 9 units and extra left over work at the same time. Unless your time management is excellent.
I'm in 2nd year now, finishing the course any day now so only got a few pieces to do, but the annoying thing is that the tutors take ages to mark it and I swear one of the tutors has favourites :/


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hiya, im doing my level 1/2 first award in health and social care aswell as my GCSEs, i hope to carry on to do an level 3 extended certificate alongside 3 a levels (biology chemistry and physics). from my experience health and social care does seem to require quite a lot of work especially with the higher levels but as long as u are hard working and determined u should be fine and i hope u enjoy the course. 🙂
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