Course Overview

This course is ideal for students who would like to have a career in this sector. The course content is as varied as the professions. Health and Social Care can form the core of a study programme or can be complementary to other subjects.

This course can be taken as a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (*), a BTEC Diploma (**) or as a BTEC Extended Diploma (***), so there is something to suit each learner’s choice of study programme.

There is also the option of our Health Cadets programme which offers learners the chance to work two full days in a placement, while working towards the BTEC Extended Diploma which is part of our Health Academy. This is a fantastic opportunity and  favourable for universities. As part of the Cadets provision we work with local Hospital’s to offer a full two day extended work placement to provide a real insight into the Health provision as a career. 

As a college we have excellent links with a range of employers, meaning your work placements will be varied, giving you a real chance to sample different areas.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including School Experience, Sign Language or First Aid.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:
  • Wish to progress onto a career within the Allied Health Professions
  • Wish to progress to university to study a course in the Health Profession such as Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work Speech and Language Therapist and many more
  • Wish to develop (through placement experience) the special strengths and qualities needed for work in the health and social care sectors (100 hours of work placement are required for the full Diploma qualification)
  • Have a high level of commitment to study and to helping people
  • Are willing to embrace a flexible approach to their own learning

What will you learn?

All units taken count towards the final grade that is awarded. Core Units are: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level equivalent): 
  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Disorders
BTEC Diploma (2 A Level equivalent): 
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Public Health
  • Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
  • Physiology of Fluid Balance
BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent): Mandatory Units:
  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Public Health
  • Physiology of Fluid Balance
  • Physiological Disorders
+ Optional Units You will be required to complete three work placements across different Health and Social Care settings with different groups of service users. **This course is subject to change due to a new BTEC framework being implemented across the country from 2020.**

BTEC Level Three

Course Leader:
Andy Petch

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 4 in English and Maths with an average points score of 3.2 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework and work placements.