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Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Pearson EDEXCEL at Grey Court School

Course description

BTEC in Health & Social Care is aimed at those who have the desire to work with people in a range of health, social care or educational settings. Studying Health and Social Care provides a multitude of career opportunities with progression routes into diverse, exciting and rewarding professions in this sector. This course is designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities that you need for work in the Health Care and Social Work Sectors. This is a practical "hands on" programme with each unit taught in the context of real jobs and careers in a chosen vocational sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in the sector and to acquire appropriate vocational skills.

Course content

Year 12:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support needs

Year 13:

Unit 2: Working in Health & Social Care

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care


In each year, there is one externally examined units, Unit 1 will be taken in Year 12 and Unit 2 in Year 13, as well as an internally assessed unit, comprising written and practical tasks for which demonstrating commitment to a work placement will be vital (Unit 5 in Year 12; Unit 10 in Year 13).

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and mathematics

Science subjects and social sciences such as psychology and sociology are good A Levels to combine with Health and Social Care BTEC.



All BTECs are continually assessed through a series of assignments throughout the year. Methods of assessment include: written essays, presentations, administration, website design, video production, CD ROM, mock interviews, designing training programmes and practical skill demonstrations. Each assignment is scored (subject to external moderation) and each student’s accumulated assignment score results in an overall BTEC mark: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Difference between A Levels and BTECs

BTECs are different to GCSEs and A level in that they do not normally entail examinations. Instead, they are internally assessed based on your coursework. Although this takes some pressure away at the end of the year, it does mean you have to work to your highest standard throughout the whole year. BTECs are vocational, so there will be a definite feel of ‘learning on the job’ and the things that you learn will seem instantly applicable to the real world.

Future opportunities

A BTEC in Health and Social Care could lead to employment in healthcare industries, or with further study at higher level, careers in the health and social care sector such as social work, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, teaching etc.

Enrichment opportunities: As well as the exciting opportunities that the course itself brings we will offer work related placements, visits to see the subject in action in the real world and sixth form journeys to enhance the learning in the classroom.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Health and Social Care BTEC

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