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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 (Double) at La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School

Course description


This course is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector. It focuses on health, early years care and education and issues affecting the care sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels.

  • Unit 1: Human lifespan development
  • Unit 2: Working in health and social care
  • Unit 5: Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Unit 11: Psychological perspectives


  • Unit 4: Enquiries into current research in health and social care
  • Unit 7: Principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • Unit 8: Promoting public health

Unit 12: Supporting individuals with additional needs

Entry requirements

Either GCSE English or maths


Four of the twelve units will be externally assessed by Edexcel, the awarding body, by means of examinations throughout the course. The other eight units will be internally assessed either in the form of a report, which will be based on a relevant work-related context, in the care sector, or a research project after work experience.

Units 1-2: Written exam set and marked by Edexcel.

Unit 4: A task set and marked by Edexcel and completed under supervised conditions. Learners will be given a choice of two articles (Part A) six weeks prior to a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period (Part B) is a maximum of 3 hours.

Future opportunities

This qualification is the main focus of a two-year study programme of learning and because it is the size of two A levels, learners will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in nursing
  • BA (Hons) in social work
  • BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) in occupational therapy
  • BSc (Hons) in speech therapy
  • BA (Hons) in health and social care

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017
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