Health & Social Care

Course type: BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Pearson
Equivalent to 3 A levels.

This course is a broad-based qualification designed to prepare students for a range of careers in Health & Social Care or for entry into Higher Education. A work placement is a mandatory requirement of the course.

Course Units

Unit 1:
Human Lifespan Development
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care
Unit 7: Principals of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Unit 9:
 Infection Prevention and Control
Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives
Unit 17: Caring for Individuals with Dementia
Unit 18: Assessing Children's Developmental Support Needs
Unit 20: Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Course Assessment

Units 1-4 are externally assessed assignments (42%). All other units are set and assessed internally with external verification.

This Course Can Lead To…

Most students progress to university to follow a degree course in Midwifery, Social Work, Paediatric, Adult or Mental Health Nursing, Primary Teaching, Psychology, Criminology or Health and Social Care. There are also a number of employment opportunities for students directly after the course.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above ideally including English Language at grade 4 or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at grade 4.

In addition/ within those 5 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 4 in Maths and a Grade 4 in English language is preferred OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a relevant Level 2 qualification with Distinction.

NB: A BTEC AWARD is not sufficient on its own without meeting other requirements.

Course Highlights

  • The opportunity to link theory with practice by participating in a health and social care work placement.
  • You will gain work experience, develop personally and professionally and expand your employability skills.
  • You will be given the opportunity to visit HE institutions and benefit from guest speakers in the field.