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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Gordano School

Course description

This is a two year A level equivalent course with 100 hours of work experience. At the end of two years, a student will have obtained the equivalent of 2 A levels in health and social care.

Course content

Units – (in addition to those studied with the BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care):

Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care Settings
You will learn about the professional responsibilities for maintaining safe practice - the legal duty of care and the importance of legislation; policies and procedures in protecting individuals from harm; upholding their rights and promoting their welfare. You will also examine the types of abuse and neglect that service users can experience and learn how to recognise and respond to concerns about abuse and neglect in health and social care settings.

Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care
100 hours of work placement in different settings. In this unit you will learn about the
benefits of work experience in health and social care.Work experience can help you to develop personal and professional skills, such as communication and teamwork, and to understand more about the expectations of different professional roles.

Unit 13 Promoting Public Health
This unit will give you an understanding of the aims of public health policy. You will explore how patterns of health/ ill health of the population are monitored and how this leads to the development of public health policy. You will consider factors affecting
health locally and nationally.

Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
In this unit, you will find out about the different research methods that can be used to gather information and the ethical issues that need to be considered. You will develop skills that will enable you to carry out secondary research into a contemporary issue.


Your assessments comprise two exams and further coursework assignments so good written and IT skills are essential.

Further information

Progression to Higher Education degree courses in Health and Social care studies, Teaching, Nursing, Health Care, Social Work and Public services. As the BTEC Diploma is a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification it will also allow access to enter employment in the health and social care sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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