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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

This BTEC qualification is an Applied General Qualification equivalent to two A Levels and is for those who intend to go on to further study in a related health and/or social care sector.

It typically makes up two-thirds of a full-time two-year study programme.

Course content

This course consists of a combination of continuous assessment through written assignments, controlled assessment and end of year examinations.

You will gain an understanding of the health and social care sector through the study of the following units:

Year One

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

  • Assignment
  • You will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Human Lifespan Development

  • Examined
  • You will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

Psychological Perspectives

  • Assignment
  • You will explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and care settings.

Working in Health and Social Care

  • Examined
  • You will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

Year Two

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

  • Controlled assessment.
  • You will explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services.

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

  • Assignment.
  • You will explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings.

Promoting Public Health

  • Assignment
  • You will explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting the health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.

Nutritional Health

  • Assignment
  • You will explore concepts of nutritional health and influences on dietary intake and learn how to assess and improve health through nutrition plans for individuals.

Entry requirements

As a minimum you will need:

  • Grade 4 or C in GCSE Mathematics.
  • Grade 4 or C in GCSE English.
  • An interest in Health and/or Social Care.
  • An ability to work independently and to meet regular deadlines. 

Future opportunities

For many students this course may be the first step in a related career such as nursing, early years teaching or social work.

Further information

Although not compulsory, it is useful to arrange relevant work experience in a health and social care setting as this will help you gather evidence for your assignments and will support your understanding of the examined material.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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