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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

The BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care is a new and very exciting course, based very heavily on vocational practice and requiring ongoing work placements working alongside Health and Social Care professionals. It is a very challenging and extremely rewarding course to follow. The course encourages and nurtures young people to become confident and skilled young adults and students develop in numerous and varied ways. It is worth the equivalent of two A Levels and is a two year course.

Course content

There are eight units which are all assessed differently.

  • Human lifespan development - 90 minute external examination.
  • Working in health and social care - 90 minute external examination.
  • Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care - three hours supervised time on pre-release material available six weeks in advance.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs - coursework.
  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care - coursework.
  • Promoting public health - coursework.
  • Two optional units, which will fit the needs of the group.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be required to have achieved at least five grades A to C at GCSE level, including grade 4 English. Students should enjoy a mixture of teaching techniques and be motivated and enthusiastic. Students should also be prepared to work independently and want to fulfil their potential. In essence, students should have a passion for the subject area and a keen interest in working in a related field. Students progressing from the Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care will need to achieve a Distinction grade.


Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress and embrace the ethos of independent learning. Students must be prepared to be out of school on work placements. The course is challenging and demands a great deal of effort and effective time management and organisational skills. Students will need to be able to meet deadlines as the course is continuously assessed. This said, students will be encouraged and supported fully.

Future opportunities

The course leads to further study in the area or to a career in the students' chosen field. The students will be very skilled and equipped to take on either path. It is a valuable and sought after commodity for local service providers and university tutors alike. Former students have gone on to university courses in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social work and teaching or directly into employment in care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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