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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Rainford High Technology College

Course description

Through studying this course, you will increase your power of knowledge and analysis of how the health care system is structured. You will also develop the ability to express yourself in written and oral forms and to learn how to apply your knowledge to the exam and coursework components of the course.

Course content

There are five lessons per week which are divided between a coursework unit and an exam in Year 12 and the same for Year 13. Teaching groups tend to be small, and the course is taught through a range of teaching and learning activities.

These strategies include group discussion (whole group, small group and pairs), close reading and scan reading. You will also prepare presentations (individual, paired or small group) and will report back on your findings. You will regularly have class debates and have a chance to voice your opinions.

Much of your work will be produced independently. However, there are frequent opportunities to share ideas either prior to, during or after written assignments. You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons. This could include: reading, research, or other activities. In order for you to take full advantage of the course it is also recommended that you immerse yourself in the wider reading of any suggested reading from your Tutor and from the Social Sciences Discovery list.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.


Year 12:
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (1.5-hour Exam)
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)

Year 13:
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (1.5-hour Exam)
Optional Unit: (Coursework)

Future opportunities

If you choose to study Health and Social Care, you will understand how the care sector impacts on health care and the responsibilities of care practitioners in order to meet the rights of service users. Health and Social Care students can be found in more or less every care industry ranging from nursing and midwifery to counselling and reflexology.

You could consider careers in: acupuncture, nursing, midwifery, osteopathy, teacher, social work and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainford High Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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