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Health and Social Care - BTEC Level 3 at Kingsbridge Community College

Course description

What is Health and Social Care?

In the UK, Health and Social Care is a term that relates to integrated services that are available from health and social care providers. It can also mean a range of vocational and academic courses which can be taken at various academic and vocational levels from NVQ and BTEC to degrees.

As a subject discipline, Health and Social Care combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. Typically, students of Health and Social Care will be considering employment in the Health and Social Care sector: a nursery, school, residential home, hospital, or other caring establishment. Depending on their qualifications, students may start off as care assistants and develop care pathways to become nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, counsellors, paramedics, teachers or a range of other related occupations.

Why choose this course?

This is an engaging programme of study for those interested in a career in health, education or care. The course prepares learners for employment in these sectors or for higher education. The course gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for performance in working life. Use will be made of local employers, practical activities and assignments. The course will reflect the current local context. BTEC Health and Social Care combines well with AS/A Levels in the natural sciences, particularly with Biology. It also compliments subjects such as: Physical Education, Philosophy & Ethics, Sociology and Business. It may also be taken in conjunction with NVQ Level 3 Childcare.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

The course will appeal to those students who:

  • prefer criterion based assessment (coursework) to examinations
  • enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • enjoy a scientific approach
  • are willing to consider evidence critically
  • want to study a vocational course relevant to a career in health, social care or education

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths. Students are expected to select a minimum of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue to follow a minimum of 3 subjects to A2 in Year 13. 


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsbridge Community College directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years