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Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a two year vocational course that will provide practical, work related information for both the Health & Social Care sector.

It is equivalent to 2 A ‘level’s.

The course consists of 8 mandatory units and 4 optional units.

Units studied include:

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication

Unit 2: Equality Diversity & Rights in HSC

Unit 3: Health, Safety & Security in HSC

Unit 4: Development through Life stages

Unit 5: Human Body Systems & Care of Disorders

Unit 6: Personal & Professional Development

Unit 7&8: Sociological & Psychological Perspectives

How will I be assessed ?

It is very important that we link theory to practice; this will be completed through unit based assignments and 2 external exams.

The unit based assessments may include reports, presentations, case studies, research and practical activities.

All assignments are graded against specific learning objectives and given a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You will need to successfully complete and pass a work placement within a care setting.

Who should do this course ?

This course will appeal to students who:

• Have an interest in learning about Health & Social Care related topics

• Would like to progress into employment or Higher Education in either a Health or Social Care related profession

• Are self-motivated and enjoy independent learning

How is the course delivered ?

The course is taught using a variety of methods including class discussion, independent library research, practical research projects, and video presentations and taught sessions.

In addition, there will be opportunities to visit workplaces and investigate vocational areas related to the course.

What equipment will I need ?

You need to be properly equipped with basic stationery such as lined / blank paper, pens, pencils and a folder to safely store notes and coursework.

What next ?

The course may lead to a career in one of the many areas of Health & Social Care e.g. Nursing, Care Homes, Physiotherapy, Social Care, Mental Health & Disabilities, Pharmacy, Dental Practice etc.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take this course should have achieved at least 5 GCSE at grades A*- C, including Maths & English. Alternatively students who have achieved a Merit or above on the level 2 BTEC First. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years