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Health and Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

The Health and Social Care sector is exciting and worthwhile, working with those who are vulnerable, helping them become increasingly independent, having dignity and choice in their lives. So if you want to help and support people and are looking for 'hands on' experience to care for their needs and build trusting relationships, then this course is for you.

Course content

At the end of the first year you will be awarded a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to one A Level. The subjects you will study include: communication, equality, the human body and development through the life stages. Specialist units in subjects ranging from abuse to dementia care will also be completed. At the end of the second year, you will be awarded the Diploma in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to two A Levels.

Throughout the duration of the two years you will attend a range of work placements which will be one or two days per week. Types of placements include residential homes, nursing homes, day-centres, schools and children's nurseries. In total you must successfully complete a minimum of 200 work placement hours over the length of the course to achieve the qualification.

Alongside the Health and Social Care qualification you will study GCSE Mathematics and English if you have not achieved these to a GCSE C grade at school.

Entry requirements

4 or more GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent in 3 or more subjects with a minimum of grade D in GCSE English Language.


You will have no exams during this course as all the units are continually assessed and can be completed to pass, merit or distinction level. The assignments are often based on case study material and will include:

  • written documents, leaflets, booklets, essays and posters
  • presentation and role plays
  • reflections and observation

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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