Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Diploma Health & Social Care

Course Entry Requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects with a minimum of a grade 4/D in GCSE English.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

At the end of the first year you will be awarded a BTEC Extended Certificate which is equivalent to one A Level. The subjects you will study include: Human Lifespan Development, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs, Promoting Public Health and Lifespan Development. At the end of the second year, you will be awarded the Diploma in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to two A levels.


Throughout the duration of the two years you will attend a range of work placements which will be one or two days per week. Types of placements include residential homes, nursing homes, day-centers, schools and children’s nurseries. In total, you must successfully complete a minimum of 200 work placement hours over the length of the course to achieve the qualification.


Alongside the Health and Social Care qualification you will study GCSE maths and English if you have not achieved these to a 5/C grade at school.

What skills do I need?

You need to be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate empathy, respect confidentiality and listen to instruction. You must be prepared to be ‘hands-on’ at the placements and work as part of a team.

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Why should I study this course?

The Health and Social Care sector is exciting and worthwhile, working with those who are vulnerable, helping them become increasingly independent, having dignity and choice in their lives. So if you want to help and support people and are looking for ‘hands-on’ experience to care for their needs and build trusting relationships, then this course is for you.

How is the course assessed?

You will have two exams and one synoptic assessment during this course; the rest of the units are continually assessed and can be completed to pass, merit or distinction level. The assignments are often based on case study material and will include:

  • written documents: leaflets, booklets, essays and posters
  • Presentations and role plays
  • Reflections and observations

What will this course prepare me for?

In the past students have progressed on to either the world of work or gone to university for further training. Recently, students have gained employment in the statutory and private sectors, working in a variety of settings from schools and nurseries to residential and domiciliary care for the elderly and people with learning disabilities.

Private Study

You will have work set every week which usually relates to the assignments and the work done in class. You will also be gathering information and evidence for Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care. If you use your free time in college wisely then you should be able to stick to the weekly deadlines.

What materials will I need to provide?

Bring a file to every lesson because your teachers will give you booklets or handouts. You will also need a pen to write notes with.

How will I be taught?

In class you will be taught using a range of activities including: debates and discussions, group and paired work, carrying out research and independent learning. The course has a balance of practical and theory that aims to:

  • Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Encourage you to plan and problem solve
  • Learn to work as a team and build relationships
  • Raise your awareness of the diverse and complex needs of service users
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in your writing
  • Help to learn to reflect on your practice

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is for you if:

  • You would like to help support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships.
  • Want to do further higher education study


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is not for you if:

  • You are not prepared to work as part of a team and demonstrate full commitment all of the time both in college and at placement.
  • You are not ambitious and result driven