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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The Blue School

Course description

The course is split into a number of mandatory units worth 80 credits and another 10 optional units worth 100 credits. The optional units will be selected by the school and all students will follow the same option choices. For each module students have to produce work (usually in written format) showing that they can demonstrate the assessment criteria for that unit. There are usually between 3 and 5 assessment criteria for each module and 18 modules in total. The course will run over 3 options columns and will have the equivalent of three days teaching per week. The course is coursework based with no final exam. The course also includes a mandatory unit in which 100 hours of work placement must be completed.

Course content

Mandatory Units Include:

·         Developing effective communication in Health and Social Care

·         Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care

·         Health, safety and security

·         Development through the life stages

·         Anatomy and physiology

·         Personal and professional development (100 hours work placement to be                  completed with this module)

·         Sociological perspectives

·         Psychological perspectives

Optional Units Include:

·         Public Health

·         Physiological Disorders

·         Promoting Health Education

·         Caring For Individuals With Additional Needs

·         Research methodology

·         Complementary therapies

·         Nutrition

·         Health Psychology

·         Social Policy

·         Caring For Children & Young People

·         Caring For Older People

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


 There are usually between 3 and 5 assessment criteria for each module and 18    modules in total. 

 The course is coursework based with no final exam.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to Higher Education or employment. Many universities recognise this BTEC for courses related to Health and Social Care. Courses which usually accept this BTEC are: nursing, social work, public health, early years, childhood studies, health and wellbeing etc. The optional unit of independent learning will also provide students with valuable skills for university.

This course also prepares students for employment as they will gain practical experience through their 100 hours of work experience which is highly sought after within the Health and Social Care sector. There are plenty of early years’ settings, hospitals and care homes within the local area which provide fantastic opportunities for work experience and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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