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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

The Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care runs over two years and is equivalent to two full A Levels. The course consists of eight units which are assessed through a variety of methods. The units are ideally suited to students who wish to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, caring, education, social work, child care or allied health related occupations.

Assessment on this course allows for Pass, Merit and Distinction achievement and UCAS points for entry to Higher Education.

Students are strongly advised to organise a vocational placement week in the February and the June half term holidays of Year 12. This will allow students to be be part of a professional team, observe good practice and relate theory to practice.

The Careers Office will be happy to give advice and support in the finding of a suitable care placement.

Course content

Course Content


Year 1

Unit 1 :  Human Lifespan Development (externally assessed)


Unit 2 :  Working in Health and Social Care (externally  


Unit 5 :  Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs  


Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care


Year 2

Unit 4 :  Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social  

            Care (synoptic unit: externally assessed)


Unit 7 :  Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care


Unit 8 :  Promoting Public Health

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Entry requirements

A GCSE average of 5, including a 4 in GCSE English Language or Distinction gained at Level 2 BTEC Course


Two externally assessed units

One synoptic externally assessed unit (students to produce a research commentary based on pre-released materials)

Five internally assessed portfolio units  

Future opportunities

A qualification in Health and Social Care may lead on to a career in primary teaching, social work, nursing, midwifery, childcare, playwork, health and social care and other allied health care occupations.

Further information

Course Leader:


Mrs Maggie Quay


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years