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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 (QCF) at Shipley College

Course description

Gain the skills and experience needed to either go on to work or Higher Education studying nursing, social work or paramedical professions.

You will learn how to care for and support individuals with a variety of needs by studying

  • current research
  • principles of safe practice
  • public health promotion
  • Infection control
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • sociological and psychological perspectives
  • supporting individuals with additional needs
  • physiological disorders and their care and nutritional health.

There will also be a practical element to the course where you are required to wear a uniform which you must purchase (approx £20).

In Year 1 you complete a 100 hour work placement in a care setting, such as caring for the elderly, working in the community or caring for children with special needs.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C (9 - 4), including English & maths. If you don’t have grade C (5-4) in both subjects, the minimum for the other is grade D (3).


  • A full Level 2 at PP grade or above with maths & English grades equivalent to those stated above.* *Students with grade D (3) in either English or maths will be expected to re-take that subject in Year 1.
  • A clear Disclosure and Barring Service check (free of charge) completed at the start of the course.
  • A keen interest in caring for others.


There will be some externally set assessments as part of the course.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course, you could progress on to Higher Education in nursing, midwifery, social work, youth work, occupational therapy or teacher training. Alternatively, join the care sector by working in roles such as a Family Support Worker and Senior Care Assistant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shipley College directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017
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