Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Health & Social Care

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 learn about a range of units that will support employment opportunities within the Health and Social Care sector or are thinking of continuing with higher education studies, then this course is for you.

Watch this short presentation from one of our H&SC teachers Mandy Fall - she explains about the courses we offer, the grades you need, the experience you'll gain, what you'll study and the careers these courses lead to including one student's journey from Wilberforce to studying Children's Nursing at university.


Meet the teaching team: Kate Cavanagh   

What will I study?

  • Human lifespan development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care
  • Principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • Promoting public health
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs
  • Physiological disorders and their care

Alongside the Health and Social Care qualification you will study GCSE Maths and English if you have not achieved these to a GCSE 4 (C) grade at school.

Examination board


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 the 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 expected to demonstrate a mature and committed attitude towards doing well by completing work independently and doing research for the various elements of the units. If you use your free time in college wisely then you should be able to stick to meeting the assignment 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. Ideally you will have a file with you, so you are able to keep handouts and notes safe, ready to use. There are lockers available in the block to store personal belongings or equipment.

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

This course is for you if...

  • You would like to help support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships
  • Want to work in a range of sectors where there are numerous opportunities for progression and life-long employment
  • Want to do further higher education study

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects with a minimum of a grade 4 (C) 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 choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

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

What skills do I need?

You need to be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate empathy, respect confidentiality and have a caring nature with pleasant demeanour. You must be prepared to work hard and listen to instruction, ready for the external assessments. You must have a ‘can-do’ attitude and be prepared to take onboard advice and guidance from the teaching and support staff.