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Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

The course is planned so that you can learn about the caring community, including various groups and organisations working with the children and young individuals, those who have a have a disability, vulnerable adults and older people with a range of needs, in a variety of different settings.

You will be able to develop interests and skills which will help with your future life and career.  The course is modular, recording the skills you achieve as you progress.

You can achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma and Extended Diploma at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels.

Course content

You will study units such as:

  • Human Lifespan
  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Psychological perspectives

Pearson BETC L3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social care is equivalent to one A level (2 units are externally assessed).

BTEC L3 National Diploma in Health & Social Care is equivalent to 2 A levels (3 units externally assessed).

BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care is equivalent to 3 A levels (4 Units externally assessed).

Entry requirements

You should have an interest in caring for other people in the community or a setting. 

You should be keen to learn, prepared to work hard and be interested in working with others.  You will need to be well organised and show initiative in the planning of your work.

All applicants will be considered on their merits, but you will need at least five GCSEs at grade C including English.  Some knowledge of Information Technology would be useful.

You will come into contact with children and vulnerable people during this course.  To ensure their safety and yours, you must have a favourable DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before starting this course.

Future opportunities

This vocational course can lead to jobs in the Health and Social Care sector such as support/care workers.  Studying the Diploma can lead to further study at University to gain qualifications in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, or social work, studying at degree level. This course can also lead on to the HNC/D Health and Social Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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