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Health & Social Care BTEC National diploma at Swinton Academy

Course description

We offer 2 courses : Btec subsidiary diploma - Equivalent to one ’A’ Level. Btec diploma - Equivalent to two ‘A’ Levels. Both carry the same points values as other ‘A’ Levels.

Course content

For the Btec L3 subsidiary diploma—units 1, 2, 3 and 5, 12, and 20 are covered (the last three are optional units which may change according to student need / career aspiration)

Unit 1 Developing effective communication

Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 12 Public Health

Unit 20 Promoting Health Education

For the Btec L3 Diploma—the following additional units are covered as below (units 10, 12, 14 and 20 are optional units and may change according to student need / career aspiration)

Unit 4 Development through the Life Stages

Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development

Unit 7 Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Unit 10 Caring for children and Young People

Unit 14 Physiological disorders

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Level: 4 x GCSE passes at A*-C; Other equivalent L2 qualification(s) Relevant experience


The course is continually assessed through coursework - there are no exams.

Financial information


Future opportunities

Progression to: Higher education (degrees, NVQs, diplomas and advanced diplomas)

Employment in a variety of areas including nursing, childcare, social work, midwifery, dietitian, occupational therapy, youth work, teaching, Probation Service, paramedic, carer, voluntary organisations, physiotherapy, dental nurse.

Possible Combinations with: AS/A Levels; Other GCE/BTEC awards; Other one-year courses. Complementary Short Courses : Work experience or placement; Food Hygiene Certificate; Life Saving/First Aid.

The most important thing required to follow the Btec Level 3 in Health and Social Care is a keen interest in people and a willingness to explore new ideas. Whilst gaining a broad understanding of health, social care and early years environments, some aspects will be studied in depth and extensive portfolios will need to be produced involving a large amount of independent research. This is a student-centred and active course that is both demanding and rewarding

Further information

Contact Mr Twigg in the Vocational Faculty on 01709-570586

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years