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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

By studying this course students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. This course is highly valued because it gives you hands on experience working with different client groups in the sector. As part of this course students will spend at least 100 hours doing work experience placements where they can apply their learning in a real life context, such as Nurseries, Schools, Care homes and Hospitals.

Course content

Compulsory Units:

Unit 1 Development through the life stages.

Unit 2 Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care.

Unit 3 Developing effective communication in health and social care.

Unit 4 Health, safety and security in health and social care.

Unit 5 Anatomy and physiology in health and social care.

Unit 6 Personal and professional development in health and social care.

Unit 7 Sociological perspectives for health and social care.

Unit 8 Psychological perspectives for health and social care.

Optional Units include:

Unit 10: Caring for children and young people,

Unit 29: Applied psychological perspectives for health and social care,

Unit 22: Research methods for health and social care,

Unit 26: Caring for individuals with additional needs.


Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 4.2, GCSE C in English Language.


All units are centre assessed and externally moderated by BTEC. There are no formal examinations, but students will have to submit completed units by specified deadlines.

Future opportunities

There are many different career options and pathways in health and social care: Nursing/medicine, health care, midwifery, social work, early years, teaching, learning support, classroom assistant, youth work, psychiatric care, elderly care, caring for people with disabilities/ learning difficulties and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years