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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study Health and Social Care?

If you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives, then studying Health and Social Care is for you. To study Health & Social Care you need to be interested in working with people and want to develop a greater understanding about how Health & Social Care professionals, such as nurses or social workers support individuals when they might need help. This might be by understanding the support an elderly client with dementia might need.

Skills such as…

  • empathy,
  • communication and
  • problem-solving

…are transferable to a range of situations and indeed, everyday life studying health and social care will enable you to better understand institutions such as the National Health Service and Community Care.

What can it lead to?

Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification and students will be interested in a career in a health or social care profession and the employment opportunities are endless.

The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care can lead to

  • Employment
    • Care Worker, Support Worker
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education to study
    • Adult Nursing,
    • Health & Social Care,
    • Youth and Community Work and
    • Early Childhood Studies.

How is the course organised?

The Examination Board is Edexcel. Students will be studying 18 units over the course of two years, including:

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Unit 4: Development Through the Life Stages

Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

Unit 6: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

Unit 7: Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Unit 8: Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Unit 19: Applied Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Unit 20: Promoting Health Education

Unit 21: Nutrition for Health and Social Care

Unit 23: Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care

How is the course assessed?

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is assessed through coursework.

Each student can achieve a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION grade and the appropriate grade awarded for each unit.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent to 3 A levels with a D*D*D* being equivalent to 3 A* A levels.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Entry Requirements:

  • Students need to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including a 4 (C) grade in English Language
  • Alternatively, a PM grade in BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate is acceptable with 4 (C) grade in English Language

Student interested in studying teaching at university need a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics

Student interested in studying nursing at university need a grade 4 (C) in Science

It is important to be interested in working in the caring field in the future and for students to have a caring nature.

Who are the teachers?

Ms Cahill has worked in Sixth Form Education for over 20 years and has previous experience of working in secondary schools. She also used to work for Westminster Play Association with children aged 4 – 11, organising activities and events. She has a B. Ed (Hons) and MSc.

Miss Shepping has an MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health as well as a PGCE and a degree in languages. She has worked in health promotion for the NHS and local authority. She has also written articles on current health related initiatives, which were published in journals for health professionals (‘Public Health News’ and ‘Informed’, the World Cancer Research Fund newsletter).

Ms Nerissa Housen is the subject area leader. She has extensive experience of teaching Health & Social Care.

What do students say about the course?

I feel that Health and Social Care helped me to be clear about what I want to do in the future. In Year 13, I am hoping to apply for Children’s Nursing and my work experience should support my application.”

Level 3 student at end of Year 12.

Health and Social Care seemed relatively easy in Year 12 but was more demanding in Year 13. I am really pleased I did this course – I feel it helped to develop my understanding not just about health & social care but about life in general”

Year 13 student at the end of the course. 

Work Experience

Throughout the BTEC course, students will develop their exam and assignment writing skills. As part of the course, students will take part in a variety of activities including visits, group assignments, presentations and observations. A large amount of research work is required and students are expected to use a number of information sources such as textbooks, the internet, TV and newspapers.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma course contains a compulsory work experience that is usually a block placement of 4 weeks at the end of Year 12.