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Health & Social Care - BTEC Level 3 at The North Durham Academy

Course description

Course outline:

Vocational A Level courses in Health and Social Care have been designed to form qualifications which provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. They are ideal qualifications for students who want a broad background in Health and Social Care, and will allow them to progress to further or higher education, as well as providing a valuable preparation for careers in any area of Health and Social Care.



Through a range of written coursework you’ll learn about the importance of effective communication, human development, what the hazards are in different care settings and be able to identify risks to clients, including physical hazards within the organisations and harm/abuse.

You’ll be able to carry out a risk assessment and be able to advise on how to reduce risks. The programme of study involves you setting up an incident (e.g. first aid incident; explosion; dealing with an aggressive client) and demonstrating that you can manage that scenario effectively and can reflect upon your actions.

On completion of another unit of study, you will be able to understand the nature of physiological disorders (e.g. diabetes; dementia; motor neurone disease; multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s disease, deficiency diseases) and be able to understand the process of diagnosis of disorders and their care pathways. You’ll demonstrate that you understand the strategies used to support individuals with particular disorders.


Into the future:

The Health and Social Care programme is flexible, with a structure designed to allow for a variety of pathways: The Health and Social Care sector is one of the fastest growing areas for employment, employing over 14 million people across the range of sectors: from psychology, nursing and midwifery, education and teaching, social work, youth and community studies, physiotherapy. residential care work to dental nurses and hospital technicians, to dieticians and nurses.

For young people it provides a wealth of employment opportunities at many different levels. This qualification could also be for those students who are unsure about their future career or would like to enhance their main studies with an additional subject.  


How to apply:

To apply for a place at NDA16+ students should complete the application form available on our website.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All applicants will be invited to discuss the course/courses applied for with a senior member of staff to ensure students are selecting the right course/courses. To help with the process we will also look at recent student reports and the attainment information provided by subject staff. Any offer of a place at North Durham Academy may well be dependant on students achieving specified GCSE grades.

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria:

5 separate GCSE/BTEC subjects at C or above including Maths or English at C or above.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Durham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years