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 Extended Certificate (*), 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 Aspiring Health Professions. This is a fantastic opportunity and  favourable for universities. As part of the Cadets provision we work with local Hospitals to offer a full two day extended work placement to provide a real insight into the Health provision as a career. 

*if you are interested in the Cadets package, you will undertake an interview with both the college and the hospital.

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 extended opportunities activities including School Experience, Sign Language or First Aid.

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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
We recommend any student who has an interest in studying Health and Social Care, also studies a science based subject alongside this. This is especially applicable for those who would like to progress into Health Professions.

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework, exams and work placements. All units taken count towards the final grade that is awarded. Core Units are: BTEC Extended Certificate, this will consist of 2 exams (1 A Level equivalent): 

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Working in Health and Social Care
(2 A Level equivalent): 
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Nutritional Health
BTEC Extended Diploma , this will consist of 4 exams (3 A Level equivalent): Mandatory Units:
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Nutritional Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work Experience
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
+ Optional Units **Some units may be adapted to suit students course and progression requirements.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysis
  • Research 
  • Literacy 
  • Oracy 
  • Confidence 
  • Effort 
  • Time Management 
  • Meeting Deadlines 
  • Research 
  • Resilience 
  • Practice 
  • Collaboration 
  • Practical Brief Management 
  • Brief Development  
  • Problem Solving 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Nursing (Child)
  • Nursing (Adult)
  • Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapist

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, exams and work placements.