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Health & Social Care BTEC at Bentley Wood High School

Course description

Is Health and Social Care the subject for you?

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work on a work experience placement as well as class work
  • Are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and the clients they serve.
  • Want to move onto a related career or higher education course
  • Would like to work in the health care sector, teaching, police force, youth work, social work etc.

Course content

(This course is split with Whitmore High School)

In Year 12 students study units at Bentley Wood such as –

  1. Working in Health and Social Care (Examination). The roles and responsibilities of professionals in health and social care and the professional guidelines they must follow
  2. Sociological Perspectives (Coursework). Investigating how different sociological perspectives view health inequalities in our society
  3. Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (Coursework). To understand how to follow policies of health and safety and duty of care in a health and social care setting.

In Year 13 students study units at Bentley Wood such as –

  1. Research in Health and Social Care (Externally Assessed Unit). The importance of rigorous research in health and social care, how this is conducted and what implications this has for the future of the profession.
  2. Public Health (Coursework). The initiatives that the government have produced to make our nation healthier, and the success of these strategies.
  3. Caring for Individuals with Dementia (Coursework). Investigating the different types of dementia, their treatments and the impact on the types of care strategies provided.

Methods of study:

You will gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years working environments. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and early years. You will have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way, whilst following a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment in health and social care. The course will help you develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.

There is also a mandatory one day per week work experience placement in a health and social care setting.

Entry requirements

To do a BTEC Level 3 the requirements are five GCSEs at grade C or above including 5+ in English Language and Mathematics.


This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and will be assessed via coursework and examination.

Future opportunities

When you have finished the course you may choose to go into full- time employment or university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bentley Wood High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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