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Health and social care BTEC level 3 National Diploma at Redland Green School

Course description

Are you interested in finding out about caring for the under-fives, children in care, adults who are vulnerable or who have special needs and older people? Or are you interested in finding out more about caring for people who use health services at different points in their lives? This course looks at the organisational, professional and legal context of health and social care at a local and national level. It will provide a firm foundation for the skills which employers and universities seek from students who seek a career in a health related field. This course has been developed by employers and is accepted on university courses.

Course content

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 Human Lifespan and Development – Written Exam 1.5 hours

Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care - Written Exam 1.5 hours

Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care - Task set and marked by Pearson. Completed in supervised conditions of 3 hours

Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support – Internal assessment

Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social – Internal assessment

Unit 8 Promoting Public Health – Internal assessment

Optional Units:

Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care – Internal assessment.

Unit 19 Nutritional Health – Internal assessment.


BTEC Nationals require applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace these are utilised throughout the course. Students will therefore collaboratively work together on research tasks and presentations, students will be expected to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. Learners will be expected to demonstrate interpersonal skills required by the health and social care sector in their lessons.

In addition, there will be visiting speakers from local health and social care services. You are required to arrange a work or volunteer placement with the health and social care sector as part of this course, assistance can be provided on request this is required for Unit 6 but will also assist your understanding in all of your other units.


8 Units in total.

External assessment (46%)

6 Mandatory Units

Two units written examination 1.5 hours

One unit task set and marked by Pearson.

Three units’ internal assessment subject to external moderation.

2 Optional Units

Future opportunities

By studying health and social care you will gain knowledge and understanding of theory and practice within this field and you will study in ways similar to those expected at university. You may progress from this course into university study, or enter training or employment. In the past many students have successfully progressed to careers in nursing, child care, midwifery and other caring and allied health care professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 December 2016

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