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Health Science BTEC Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

This nationally recognised qualification in Health Science is a one year programme that covers all aspects of Health Sciences. The course is designed for people that want to develop their knowledge and skills for a career in a health science profession such as nursing, midwifery, paramedics, ODP and pathology.

The aim of the course is to develop scientific understanding of illness whilst developing social care skills. The unit explores how the human body is structured, how illness develops, how treatments work and the role of the professionals involved. This course is equivalent to 3 AS levels and can be followed by a further year of study (National Extended Diploma) which will be equivalent to 3 A levels.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

What you'll learn

Throughout the first year of this course you will study a variety of units, such as:

  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support needs
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Nutritional Health

In addition you may study Functional Skills or have the opportunity to resit a GCSE in English and/or maths, if appropriate.

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

We ask that you have five GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4), including English Language and Maths, and Science. You’ll also be invited to come for an interview and provide a positive school report..


You’ll have continuous assessment through assignments, projects and personal research, as well as through practical placements. There is an examination component on this course.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 191/182 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a Higher Education course at College or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

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Following further study you could work as a:

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Public Health / Medical Researcher
  • Biomedical Scientist  
  • Life scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Food Scientist

Further information

Further information

  • Sessions delivered in our £4.3 million STEM Centre, including fully equipped laboratories
  • Specialist subject tutors in Biology, Chemistry & Physics
  • Progression opportunities to a variety of university courses – including Forensics, Pure Science and Pharmaceuticals

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including:

  • Investigations into the field of Astronomy
  • Trips to science museums
  • Visits and tours of local university science facilities


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

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: 05 March 2018
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