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BTEC Health and Social Care at Garth Hill College

Course description

If you are in any way interested in the world of health and social care ranging from working in a nursery to job in the medical industry, then this could be the course for you.

We consider everything from ways that people communicate and problems associated with disabilities in communication to how we develop at each life stage.

Students will study for a BTEC qualification in Health and Social Care with the examination board Edexcel. Students attend nine periods of Health and Social Care a fortnight. Lessons draw upon a variety of resources including discussions, practical observations, use of IT, and problem solving exercises. The course also includes a practical “work based Unit”. This will either be carried out internally supporting the SEN department, or can be as a work experience placement.

Course content

Core Units

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care.
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care.
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care.

Optional Units
Once completed 3 optional units will be completed from:

  • Development Through the Life Stages Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Values and Planning in Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Public Health
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Working in the Social Care Sector
  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care
  • Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care
  • Environmental Health
  • Technology in Health and Social Care Services.


Assessment by course work:
A portfolio of evidence for each unit is to be submitted As with all level 3 BTEC courses the grades are awarded at Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


  • More information
    • Garth Hill College Sixth Form is open to all students. We aim to provide high quality education in a supportive, friendly environment. We cater for all abilities and offer a wide range of subjects at Level 3 (Advanced Level) and Level 2, as well as courses which are delivered through our partnership with other local providers. Choosing the courses which are right for you is an important decision. We have a highly experienced team of Sixth Form personal tutors who will be able to provide you with expert advice, guidance and support.

      Our results are good and many subjects’ results are among the best nationally.  However, we aim to ensure that all our Sixth Formers are encouraged to develop their personal confidence so that they can work effectively both for themselves and others.  We want to see all our Sixth Formers succeed, not only in their studies, but also as young adults within the College and local community.


      You will be encouraged to show initiative and to develop new skills; to work on your own and in teams; to take advantage of the opportunities which are regularly presented to post-16 students. We value our Sixth Formers and we challenge them to perform to the very best of their abilities. Being a student at Garth Hill College Sixth Form will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to work hard, take up new responsibilities and gain valuable experience and preparation for the next stage of your life.