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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care at Forge Valley School

Course description

This course will prepare you for a range of related occupations without limiting your choices too early.  It allows a flexible approach to learning through coursework, placements and exams to prepare you for your chosen career.  You will put the theory you have learned into practice by carrying out a range of activities and doing your own research.  The skills you gain will prepare you for employment or further study at university or college.  Previous students have gone on to university to study adult nursing, child nursing, childhood studies and mental health nursing.

The course is equivalent to 2 A-levels and is studied alongside 1 or 2 other A-levels.

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to take part in Health and Social Care related work experience.  This is valuable in complimenting your learning on the course and also in supporting applications you may make to universities or apprenticeships.  Previous students have taken part in placements with the NHS, in education and with the prison service.

Course content

You will study 8 units over the course:

  • Human lifespan development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Current research into Health and Social Care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting public health
  • Physiological disorders and their care
  • Nutritional Health

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including English.

Minimum of a Grade 4 or equivalent if you have previously studied Health and Social Care.


Over the two year course you will have 3 external assessments (2 exams and 1 synoptic task). The remaining 5 units are assessed internally through coursework.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course (alongside your other Level 3 qualifications), you could gain entry to higher education and Degree courses relating to areas of medicine, childcare, healthcare, nutrition and social care.

With training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work, or many other Health Care related careers.

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: 08 October 2018
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