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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Health & Social Care?
You will learn the knowledge and skills to successfully progress to university or a rewarding career in health and social care. You will learn about rights and responsibilities, equality and diversity and look at the codes of practice and legislation. You will recognise the importance of good relationships and how to value people as individuals, what affects behaviour and learn more about health and safety and how to promote a positive care environment. If you are someone who prefers coursework to examinations then this is another good reason for you to take this course. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level.

You will also have the opportunity to select units to reflect your career ambitions e.g. child development and child protection. As part of this course you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of healthcare settings and attend a relevant work placement. Visiting midwives, social workers and nurses will also provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand information, advice and guidance about these professions. We will also encourage you to join the Career Academy.

What will I study?
Year 12:
Developing effective communication
Equality, diversity and rights
Health, safety and security

Year 13:
3 optional units e.g. development through life stages

What can I study it with?
The course combines well with A Levels and BTEC Level 3 courses in related subjects such as Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science, Psychology and Sociology, However, as long as you are qualified there are no restrictions on what you can combine it with.

Career opportunities
The course prepares you for progression onto a wide range of degree courses at university. This is a very good option for you if you are considering a career as an early years or primary teacher, classroom assistant, nurse (adult, child or mental health), social worker, youth or community worker, charity administrator, health promotion specialist or NHS manager.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C including:

Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics. It is not necessary to have studied BTEC Level 2 or GCSE Health & Social Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September