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Health and Social Care - BTEC National Level 3 at John Port School

Course description

The BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care/Health and consequently act as a robust introduction to both sectors. They prepare students for employment in the sectors or for higher education. They are also mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was developed as part of the “Agenda for Change” process for updating the way NHS staff roles are defined and developed. Students will benefit from gaining a number of core units as well as a wide range of specialist units according to the route embarked on.

Course content

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of 8 core units plus an additional 4 specialist units. An extended Diploma consists of 8 mandatory units plus an additional 10 specialist units. The core units for the diploma are as follows:

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social

Entry requirements

Average score of 40 points from their best 8 subjects including a pass (minimum grade C) in English and Mathematics at GCSE level


The course is assessed on an on-going basis through assignment work

Future opportunities

This course is ideally suited to students wishing to enter the health and care professions either directly after sixth form or at a graduate level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Port School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years