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Health & Social Care - Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate and Diploma/Extended Diploma

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More information about this Course

Useful Information

If you have an interest in the health and social care of people in the community, then this course is for you. There will be 100 hours of compulsory work experience which will be incorporated into the course. This course enables students to reach a standard equivalent to 3 A Levels through coursework and assessment.

Many students go on to do Degree and Diploma courses in Health and Social Care related subjects, however, it should be noted that many of these courses (Nursing and Midwifery for example), require students to take other Science subjects alongside this course.

All students will undergo a DBS check as part of safeguarding legislation.

Course Overview

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Human Lifespan Development (exam) Year 1 
  • Working in Health & Social Care (exam) Year 1 
  • Meeting individual needs 
  • Work experience 
  • Anatomy and Physiology (exam) Year 2 
  • Enquires into Research (controlled assessment) Year 2 
  • Public Health  Infection Control and Hygiene

Course Highlights

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable the students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and work experience.

Health and Social Care students are actively involved in local community events as well as their work experience placements in a range of health care settings.

Career Opportunities & Further Study
You could take this course to prepare for higher education in Health and Social Care or more general higher education courses as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the social sectors.


This course is assessed through coursework (72%) and an exam over the two years. Students will complete a number of units of coursework. The points achieved on each unit will be added together to form an overall grade.

The awarding body for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above with English and Mathematics at 3 or better (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 4 in English Language
  • Students will also need to have DBS check.

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