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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Preston Manor School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to two A‐Levels. The diploma provides essential, transferable, knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. Alongside work experience placements, students will develop:

  • The ability to learn independently, with essential time management skills;
  • The ability to actively research and critically analyse evidence;
  • Their presentation skills and ability to work in a group.

The Level 3 course includes assessment of units through external exams and coursework. There are six mandatory units, of which three are essay and case‐study based external exams. The other three mandatory units, and further two optional units, provide assessment through differentiated coursework.

Course content

Mandatory Units

  1. Human Lifespan Development
  2. Working in Health and Social Care
  3. Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  4. Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  5. Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  6. Promoting Public Health

Optional Units  - Choice of two out of a possible six units, including:

  1. Psychological Perspectives
  2. Nutritional Health
  3. Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Entry requirements

4 C+ at GCSE or equivalent, including English and Maths Grade 4 and a C in a written subject.


Three exams, one of which is synoptic Coursework in the form of essays, case study analysis and presentations.

Future opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points, and supports access to a range of higher education courses in Health and Social Care disciplines such as Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years