Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma / 90 Credit Diploma / Diploma / Extended Diploma

Whether you are looking to progress into employment or onto a university course, the broad nature of BTEC Health and Social Care at advanced level will not lock you into any particular direction and will give you the background knowledge to pursue a variety of career pathways. There are many opportunities for suitably qualified students to train to become Nurses, Midwives, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Residential and Child Care Professionals as well as the allied Technical Specialists supporting these professions.

Many jobs will accept students with Health and Social Care qualifications direct from college. Former students have progressed from the advanced level in Health and Social Care to employment and Higher Education. Recent degree courses taken by former students include; Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Children’s Inter Professional Studies, Primary Teaching, Childhood/Child Studies, Health Studies, Social Science Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Care and Education Guidance and Counselling, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Operating Department Practice.

This course is available as an Extended Certificate (1 A Level Equivalent) Diploma (2 A Level Equivalent) and an Extended Diploma (3 A Level Equivalent)

A combination of internal and external assessed coursework and an external exam

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This current BTEC qualification will be replaced by RQF qualifications for students starting in 2020. More information to follow. To give an outline of modules studied previously, please see below.

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BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care is available in four forms:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma ( 1 A Level equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (1.5 A Levels)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (2 A Level equivalent) – Year 2 top up
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) – Year 2 top up

BTEC Level 3 Certificate has three units and is delivered in one academic year. The units are:
• Developing effective communication in Health and Social Care
• Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care
• Development through the life stages

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma has six units and may be delivered over one or two academic years. The units are:
• 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 Level 3 Diploma has 12 units and is delivered over two academic years. The 12 units include the six shown above for the Extended Certificate course and:
• 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
• Nutrition in Health and Social Care
• Human inheritance for Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma has 18 units and is delivered over two academic years. The 18 units include the twelve shown above for the Diploma course and:
• Safeguarding adults and promoting independence
• Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
• Dementia Care
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care Settings
• Promoting Health Education

*Personal and professional development in Health and Social Care requires 100 hours of vocationally relevant work experience to be completed over the duration of the course. This is achieved through two work experience placements, of two weeks duration in each academic year.

How the course is delivered

Each lesson is 70 minutes in duration. In order to complete the coursework components of the qualification we regularly use computer suites as part of the teaching programme.

BTEC Certificate = four lessons per week

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in one year = eight lessons per week

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma over two years = four lessons per week

BTEC Diploma = eight lessons per week

BTEC Extended Diploma = 12 lessons per week

Work experience and Enrichment

In the first year of the course all Subsidiary Diploma course students complete two weeks of vocationally relevant work experience. In the second year Diploma students also complete two weeks work experience. Typical recent placements include:

  • Residential Care homes for the elderly
  • Residential Nursing homes
  • Nursery schools
  • Primary Schools
  • Special schools for students with severe learning difficulties
  • Day support centres for adults with learning difficulties

The Health and Social Care department has two dedicated teaching rooms in the Elm building. All students receive two textbooks for the duration of the course which they are expected to use productively along with self-directed internet research to complete their assignments.

The Health and Social Care staff have a variety of different specialisms and this determines which units of the course they teach.

What should I do now to prepare me for this course?

Do some vocationally relevant work experience if you can. Many students will have already completed one week of work experience in year 10 at school. You might be able to get part time work in a residential care home, or volunteer in a hospice or hospital environment. Try to use the contacts that your school, youth club or family have to find something that gives you the opportunity to observe people being cared for in some way. You won’t be performing very complex tasks but you will be able to watch and learn from those with the responsibility for managing the situation, and you will see the caring skills of professionals being demonstrated. Your confidence and communication skills will develop and this will benefit you at college when studying Health and Social Care.

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