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Health & Social Care - Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Bishopshalt School

Course description

This course is delivered through work-related contexts, allowing students to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of work within the Health and Social Care sector.


The aim of this vocational course is to understand factors affecting human growth and development. Students will learn how to work with and support individuals throughout the life stages within Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their own work and be willing to undertake research in a variety of settings.

Course content

The course is broadly equivalent to 2 A levels and must be taken as a double option.

Units Covered - Year 12 

Human Lifespan Development

Assessment: Exam

Working in Health and Social Care

Assessment: Exam

Sociological Perspectives

Assessment: Internally assessed coursework

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Assessment: Internally assessed coursework

Units Covered - Year 13

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Assessment: Controlled task set and marked by the Exam Board

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Assessment: Internally assessed coursework

Promoting Public Health

Assessment: Internally assessed coursework

Psychological Perspectives

Assessment: Internally assessed coursework

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE grades at grade 5 or above are required for entry onto the course. GCSE Health and Social Care and any related work experience are preferred but not essential. This course is active and student centred. High levels of motivation and attendance are essential.


This BTEC course is no longer 100% coursework. Students will undertake two exams as part of the Diploma and will produce work for a controlled task that is set and marked by the exam board. 62% of the Diploma will be coursework based that is assessed internally.


Coursework will be assessed through a range of activities including written and practical tasks.

Future opportunities

This course gives students a wide choice of progression options into higher study (University or College), training, or relevant employment in the health and social care sectors. It also complements other A level qualifications in social and sport sciences.


Further information

For further information please see Miss Dhindsa - Head of Health and Social Care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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