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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Ashington Community High School

Course description

This course is for those students who enjoy learning about health and social care and would like to gain a broad-based vocational qualification.

You will learn about a variety of topics including human lifespan development, working in different health and social care settings to meet individuals needs and psychological perspectives of health and social care

Course content

This course is equivalent to one A Level. The course is broken into two units for the certificate which you will complete in Year 12, which is equivalent to an AS Level. You will then complete a further two units in Year 13 to make it up to the extended certificate level.

Year 12: Unit 1, Human Life Span Development
You will investigate physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. This is assessed through an exam consisting of a number of short and long answer questions. You will be required to explore and relate to contexts and data presented.

Year 12: Unit 5, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
You will investigate the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines. You will draw on your learning from across this unit to complete coursework tasks

Year 13: Unit 2, Working in Health and Social Care
You will investigate what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. This is assessed through an exam consisting of a series of short and long answer questions. The exam is broken into four sections and each section is based on a different health and social care scenario.

Year 13: Unit 15, Psychological Perspectives
You will investigate key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings. You will draw on your learning from across this unit to complete coursework tasks.

Entry requirements

You will have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include GCSE English Language at grade 5 or higher. However, a passion for wanting to work with people in a caring role is essential.

You will be expected to research and collect information independently in the form of case studies and reports. You will need to be able to manage your time well and make full use of the facilities both during free periods and after school.


You will complete four units of work, two of which are externally assessed through an exam and two of which are internally assessed through coursework assignments. The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, from teacher-led to interactive student presentations. By the end of the year you will have produced a portfolio of your work for the internally assessed units; this will require you to work maturely in your own time showing strong determination to succeed.

Future opportunities

The course develops knowledge and experience of the skills required to work in the Health and Social Care field. The BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care is highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers. Many universities will expect you to have studied a health related course at Level 3 to gain entry onto any heath care or social care related subjects. The skills you develop from the course will be required for employment outside of a Health and Social Care specialism.

Possible careers include:
- Nursing
- Midwifery
- Physiotherapy
- Teacher
- Early Years
- Social Work
- Paramedic
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Health Visitor

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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