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Health and Social Care BTEC level 3 Diploma at Cannock Chase High School

Course description

This course aims to give students an insight into working within a career in health, social or child care settings. Students will be able to use a range of skills, as all assignments allow creativity so students can present the coursework in a range of different ways. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care. Students will therefore gain hands on experience in a work setting and will be given the opportunity to assess their work skills and develop key skills for their future careers. By the end of the course, we aim for all students to have a detailed portfolio of work that demonstrates their deep understanding of how to work with a diverse range of individuals with different needs; students will have gained knowledge of how to apply these skills. These courses have been supported by many health and social care agencies and universities, who see these skills as being essential for pursuing a career within this sector. 

Course content

Diploma (2 A-level equivalent): six mandatory units and 3 optional

Unit 1: Human Lifespan and Development (externally assessed)

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (externally assessed)

Unit 6: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs 

Unit 14, 15 or 16: Sociological Perspectives, Psychological Perspectives or Supporting Individual Needs (these are optional units and can be decided upon with teaching staff and preferences of students)

Unit 5: Enquires into Current Research in Health and Social Care (controlled assessment)

Unit 12: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Unit 13: Promoting Public Health

Unit 7: Work Experience in Health and Social Care (100 hour compulsory work placement required.) 

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE/ Level 2 


This course is assessed in a number of ways, with units 1 and 2 being assessed externally by Pearson, in the form of a timetabled examination, and Unit 5 being completed as a controlled assessment, which is completed in allocated, timed conditions and assessed by Pearson. All other units of work are internally set, assessed and standardised within school, by the teaching staff. 

Future opportunities

This course will support a wide range of careers due to learning about health and safety, working within a health and social care setting, growth and development of individuals and supporting additional needs. The optional units mean students who would like to pursue a career in child care or teaching will gain knowledge to move on to the next step in this career choice, through completing a work placement and focussing specifically on social and psychological factors that can affect individuals. This qualification is also suitable for any students who would like a career in caring for the elderly, specialising in special educational needs, social work, nursing or any other career in health and social care. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September