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Health and Social Care - BTEC National, Level 3 at Budehaven Community School

Course description

Course Aims:
  • to gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years working environments.
  • to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and early years.
  • to have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.
  • to follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment in the related fields.
  • to develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.
  • to gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.
  • to develop key skills in communication, ICT and application of numbers

Course content

There is flexibility to study different numbers of units within this course. The Certificate qualification is equivalent to six units, and the Diploma is equivalent to twelve units. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit and
Distinction. All units are equally weighted. 

Entry requirements

Normal Sixth Form requirements are essential to start the course. Students not satisfying this requirement may need to discuss their entry with Mr Thomas. There is a clear progression onto this course from:
  • GCSE Child Development
  • OCR Nationals Level 2


The units for the ‘single’ are:
Unit 1 : Developing effective communication
Unit 2 : Equality, diversity and rights
Unit 3 : Health, safety and security
Unit 4 : Development through the life stages
Unit 5 : Anatomy and physiology
Unit 20 : Promoting health education 
A key element of the course is that all students need to undertake one morning/afternoon work experience session per week regardless. This will greatly support their coursework requirements which, being a vocational course, is very much influenced by such experience. This has proven to be very popular with students.

Future opportunities

This can include further training in areas such as Social Work, Education and the Health Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budehaven Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016

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