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Health and Social Care BTEC level 3 at Chace Community School

Course description

The Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of completing 8 units of study over 2 years (equivalent to 2 A levels).  The BTEC Extended Certificate consists of completing all 4 Core units over 2 years (equivalent to 1 A level).  Students are assessed both through externally set exams and tasks as well as coursework.  By the end of the course students will develop portfolio evidence that will be awarded either Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. 

The Level 3 BTEC courses provide a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the Health Care Sector as well as offering a different emphasis through the choice of specialist units.  It also provides opportunities for the learner to develop an understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues and an awareness of environmental issues, health and safety considerations and European developments.

The vocational nature of the course allows students to develop problem solving skills, emphasising the use of IT, numeracy and good communication skills in line with the government key skills requirement. It is an active course, supplemented by a period of work experience and vocational visits which assist in putting school based work in its appropriate context. It is ideal for students who prefer working on presentations and coursework, rather than taking formal exams.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in Maths will also be studying GCSE Maths.   

Course content

Year 1:

•       Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development (Core)

•       Unit 6 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Core)

•       Unit 5 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care 

•       Unit 7 Work Experience in Health and Social Care 

Year 2:

•       Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care (Core)

•       Unit 14 Sociological Perspectives (Core)

•       Unit 13 Promoting Public Health

•       Unit 12 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care 

Entry requirements

To follow a full time vocational curriculum in our sixth form at Level 3  you must have achieved a minimum of 4 A*-C grades at GCSE including a C grade in English and a D grade in Maths.  Students that have achieved 5 A*-C grades including both English and Maths are welcome to select BTEC courses alongside other A-level options if they wish.   

Future opportunities

Most students will go on to university after their Level 3 BTEC course. It’s a popular and successful route to university for many people. Others prefer to continue with a BTEC Higher National qualification or Foundation Degrees.  Some our past students have also chosen to pursue Level 3 or 4 apprenticeships at the end of their course in a range of employment sectors.   

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years