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BTEC in Health and Social Care at Princes Risborough School

Course description

This qualification covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the health and social care sector, and will enable you to engage in and learn about current debates and changes in the sector. This will include studying the way we engage with others through effective communication, to knowing how to keep others safe.

The health and social care sector is an ever changing environment, and can provide an exciting and satisfying career - there are many types of jobs and opportunities available to suit most abilities.

Upon successful completion of the course the single award will attract UCAS points and you will have the opportunity to explore a range of degree courses, such as Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, and Midwifery. The course will also prepare you to enter work-related learning if this is the route you choose.


You will study six units covering different aspects of health and social care – this will be assessed by coursework marked by the teacher and moderated by the exam board. Topics as diverse as communication, health and safety in the workplace and equality and rights will be the core of the learning. These are essential learning and form some of the mandatory topics in the workplace. 

Entry requirements

Normal Sixth Form entry requirements (5 or more A*-C grade passes at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics). Students should be keen to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. It is suggested that students contemplating this course should do some prior reading to gain an insight into the care sector. This can include keeping an eye on the news to learn what is going on in this sector now and how it impacts on us and others as users of the services. This will give you an idea of career pathways and opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Princes Risborough School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years