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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Helston Community College

Course description

This new work-related qualifi cation designed to make you aware of employers needs as well as allowing progression to university and employment. This qualifi cation has been designed for learners who are intending to go onto further study in a related sector or plan to go in at entry level employment or Apprenticeship within health and social care. It supports access to a range of higher education courses if taken as part of a programme of study that includes another BTEC or A Level alongside it.

It provides you with the opportunity to study Health and Social care at level 3, as a double A level equivalent , allowing you to keep your options open and choose up to two other A level subjects. You can plan these additional subjects to meet the admissions criteria for certain professions. You will study 8 units over 2 years 6 are mandatory and 2 additional units. Personal and professional development is a key part of this course. Placements are arranged so that you can experience the work place environment and plan for your own personal development (You will be required to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service, DBS, check to complete this course).

Course content

During the fi rst year 4.5 units are studied:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care Year 1
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care

During the second year 3.5 units are studied:

  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care Year 2
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care


There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic. Five Units are assessed through an assignment - set and marked internally.

One units is assessed through a task - set and marked by the awarding body Two units are assessed through a written exam - set and marked by the awarding body. These assessments enable you to attain a grade of either:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction

A final cumulative grade is awarded at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

The Diploma can gain progression to Higher education, entry level employment or Apprenticeship within health and social care. Many students progress onto university to follow related courses and plan to take their additional A levels to fi t the admissions criteria for their chosen subject/s. Students who have chosen science and social sciences as additional A levels are more likely to be accepted on health related degrees for example nursing, physiotherapy, occupational health. Students can also use the qualifi cation to apply for other degrees and related degrees in teaching, social work, childhood and youth studies and early years.

This qualifi cation can lead into employment in the health and care sector. Students can apply for jobs that off er additional training in a vocational qualifi cation in a chosen area. There are many job roles assisting health professionals, in areas such as; physiotherapy, occupational health and radiology and others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September