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BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care at New College Leicester

Course description

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification has been designed to account for two-thirds of a two-year, full-time study programme for learners who are intending to go onto further study in a related sector. It supports access to a range of higher education courses. Students will also study the Extended Project qualification.


What does the qualification cover?

720 GLH (960 TQT) Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 8 units, of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.


You will be required to take a work placement of 100 hours in a care setting.

Course content

The content of this qualification has been designed to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.

Learners taking this qualification will study six mandatory units:

• Human Lifespan Development

• Working in Health and Social Care

• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

• Promoting Public Health.

Learners can select two optional units that cover the biological or sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector.

To develop a better understanding of the demands of working in the sector and to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the sector when applying for further study, learners can choose to take a minimum of 100 hours’ work experience as part of the course.

Optional units allow learners to develop their interests in different parts of the sector and include:

• Sociological Perspectives

• Psychological Perspectives

• Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs

• Physiological Disorders and their Care

• Nutritional Health.

Entry requirements

It is designed for post-16 students and can be taken as part of a wider study programme.

A good level of Maths, English and science(4-9) . Interpersonal and communication skills advantageous.

All successful students will be of a caring nature with a positive attitude to work and display commitment and motivation.


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.


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Future opportunities

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2-year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.


Further information

You will be required to take a work placement of 100 hours in a care setting.

For further information please contact Mrs Ruth Smith (Vocational Education Teacher) or your Connexions or Careers Advisor.

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: 23 November 2018
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