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Health and Social Care, BTEC Level 3 Subsidary at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

This vocational course provides a taster for those interested in a career working with children and people, and is extremely suited to students who wish to pursue a career in the health care sector.  You will learn all about expected developmental across the different life stages from birth to old age.  You will develop a good understanding of how to care for people at different life stages in a range of different settings. You will also study and apply current and relevant thinking behind development.

Course content

You will study the following units: Human Life-span Development; Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs; Working in Health and Social Care; Psychological Perspectives. In addition, you will need to carry out some work experience in a Health and Social Care setting throughout your time in P16.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs 9-4  (must include a 4 in English and Maths)


In Year 12, one unit is assessed externally and one unit Is assessed internally.  Students complete a written examination in Year 12. In Year 13 both units are assignment based and assessed internally

Future opportunities

It is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study.

Further information

There is no timetabled work experience for this course, therefore placements will be organised in student's free periods/timetabled enrichment.

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: 27 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.