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Health and Social Care BTEC at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

The emphasis on this course is to help you develop the practical skills, the academic knowledge and your independent learning skills to enable you to progress to vocational work/apprenticeships or to university to pursue more academic courses. A wide range of teaching and practical activities are used, such as investigating and evaluating your own diet using computer programmes to identify possible health issues, assessing your own health and fitness using appropriate tests and procedures, taking part in role plays and scenarios to practise your communication skills, carrying out a risk assessment in a care setting to see if you can identify and manage potential hazards, using case studies to explore the effects of ageing or disability and designing and carrying out a piece of research on a topic of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to learn or practise your first aid skills and as part of enrichment, achieve a First Aid Certificate.

Course content

The course covers:

  • The human body - how it works and what can go wrong - illness and disease
  • How we grow and develop throughout our lives - physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally 
  • What a healthy diet is and the effects of a poor diet e.g. obesity, diabetes and heart disease 
  • How to communicate effectively with different clients - children, the elderly or people with disabilities 
  • How to research- this is an opportunity to do a small independent research project on a H&SC topic of your choice. Recent topics have included: how the media can influence body image, attitudes to smoking, alcohol or mental health conditions and contemporary issues such as understaffing within the NHS and alternative/complementary therapies. This is particularly useful preparation for undertaking the dissertation module of a degree if you progress to university

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 C grades (or new grade 4) at GCSE or Distinction/ Merit in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade C (or new grade 4) at GCSE.  

You must also study English/ Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 or old C grade in these subjects.


This is under review but it is likely that you will mainly be assessed through a range of coursework which includes written reports, practical projects, oral presentations and a reflective journal from your work placements. It is likely that there will be at least 3 externally assessed units.

Future opportunities

You could study a wide range of courses at university, including those related to Health or Social Care, or go directly into employment with the option of further training e.g. NVQs. Some students go straight into employment, some as a result of successful work placements.
The majority of students go on to higher education to study nursing, midwifery and teaching/early childhood studies. Other options include social work, occupational therapy and other NHS apprenticeships. Paston Sixth Form College has a Progression Accord with University Campus Suffolk which gives students the option to continue their studies locally to degree level after completing their BTEC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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