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Health and social care BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

This popular vocational qualification prepares students to go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in Higher Education, and/or go into a wide variety of careers in which good communication skills are essential, including nursing, education, social work and a variety of opportunities within health care providers such as the NHS. It develops knowledge and skills in the vocational context of the caring industries.


In year 1 students study a unit in Human Lifespan Development, which is assessed by an examination and Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs assessed internally. In year 2 a further two units, Working in Health and Social Care (exam) and Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care (internally assessed) complete the programme of study.

Course content

Learner will study either three or six units depending on their choice of the single or double award. 

For the single award students will investigate three units.  Unit 1 will cover what is meant by effective communication and interpersonal skills and how these may affect the outcomes for people who use services.  Unit 2 will look at Equality, diversity and rights of individuals.  This will include looking at case studies and the treatment of individuals.  Unit 12 will investigate public health and how it is monitored and how it can be promoted within society.

For the double award students will investigate six units including the three units for the single award.  In additional to these students will investiage the risks involved when working in the HSC sector and see how to minimise these risks (unit 3).  To develop their understanding they will study unit 4 on human lifespan development looking at life stages  and factors that can affect development.  Finally students will look at how to promote health education (unit 20).  This will enable learners to develop their own health promotion campaign and evaluate its effectiveness.  

Entry requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 at GCSE subjects


Currently all assessment is through coursework, however, due to the A Level reforms from September 2016 there will be a unit that is assessed through an exam


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Future opportunities

Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/ or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication, nursing, education, social work and the NHS. 



Further information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Health and Social Care team at school, or check the specification on the EDEXCEL website.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September