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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care at St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form

Course description

This BTEC course is a vocational qualification, equivalent to 2 A Levels, that will equip students with the essential skills and knowledge for future study or a career in the Health and Social Care/Health sector.  This qualification gives students opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life, within this sector or further/higher education.  This BTEC offers the chance to gain a qualification on a more practical level, both in the way the units are delivered and assessed through completion of a range of assignment tasks and real-life work based experience; this allows students to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations, and develop their IT, group work, presentation and communication skills.

Students could also opt to take the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care which is equal to 3 A Levels.

Students taking a BTEC Level 3 Diploma will also study the following:


· 1 or 2 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subjects at either     Standard or Higher Level from Groups 3 and/or 4 (one from each group) or choose from the online options:

· Group 3



Information Technology in a Global Society


· Group 4



Design Technology

· On-line courses which can only be taken at Standard Level





· BTEC Level 3 Certificate in WorkSkills (Equivalent to 1 AS Level)


Course content

Students will undertake eight mandatory units plus four optional units over the 2 years; those opting for the Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) will take 10 optional units.  The mandatory units:      

· Developing effective communication

· Equality, diversity and rights

· Health, safety and security

· Development through the life stages

· Anatomy and physiology

· Personal and professional development

· Sociological perspectives

· Psychological perspectives

The optional units will be confirmed, dependant on the needs of those applying.  Some of the options include: values and planning in social care; caring for children and young people; safeguarding adults and promoting independence; working in the social/health care sector; public health and nutrition.

This course is demanding and requires a good science background, preferably a grade B at GCSE.  All students are required to undertake at least 100 hours of work experience across three different Health and Social Care settings, which will be fitted into a student’s timetable.  The student must have a keen interest in the Health and Social Care/Health sector and have a real interest or desire to explore this subject in their future studies or career.

Entry requirements

Students taking BTEC Plus will need to have achieved a minimum of 4 x GCSEs at grade C or above in separate subjects, preferably including English and Maths.

Grade B or above in GCSE Biology/Science is preferable for Health & Social Care.

If a minimum of grade C at GCSE is not achieved in English Language and Maths, provision will be made for students to re-take these subjects in Year 12.

If the IB Diploma Programme subject option is chosen, you will require a B in that specific subject if it has been taken at GCSE.

In the event of the Sixth Form being over-subscribed, the St Benedict’s Admissions Policy: 2015/2016 will be applied (see school website for details).


The BTEC will be taught using a mixture of interactive classroom teaching, discussion and reflection.  Students will be expected to work independently but also as part of a team.  Classroom learning will be reinforced by presenting evidence based on real-life work and work experience placements as well as studies, relevant to the Health and Social Care sector.

Students will be assessed on each unit, being awarded a pass, merit or distinction, which will then give the overall grade at the end of their studies.  Each unit will be made up of a number of assessments that are varied, challenging and relevant to a future in the Health and Social Care sector.


Future opportunities

This is a recognised route into Higher Education, so, students studying this BTEC should expect to progress to a National Higher Diploma (Level 4) or degree course.  Employment opportunities range from social work, psychology, sociology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, midwifery, nursing degrees and diplomas in nurse training.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BTEC H&SC
  • Number of planned places: 10

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