Our BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification is available as a number of options. Your choice will depend on your future career plans.
This qualification supports a huge range of careers – almost any career where you work with people can start with this course!
Are you considering future jobs where you help people? Could you make a difference to some of society’s most vulnerable? Each and every one of us is dependent on the specialist skills of those working in the sector – even if it’s only when we are born! Our BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification is an ideal way to help you progress to roles where you will not only make a difference to people as individuals, but to society as a whole.
As a three A Level equivalent, this is a full time study programme and is therefore ideal if you have decided on a career working with people. You will cover all of the topics offered by our 1 and 2 A Level equivalent courses plus additional topic. In year 2 you will either opt for the Health and Social Care or Health Studies route. You do not have to decide this at the start of your studies, your first year is about helping you to explore your specialisms and interests. The year 2 route you will take will be linked to your future career plans. The following information is related to the Health Studies route.
General entry criteria applies.
The topics you study will prepare you for a varied range of roles and degree level courses, and ensure you are prepared for your future in this vibrant and rewarding sector. The range of topics you will study increases in line with the qualification level of your studies, but includes:
• Human lifespan development
• Working in Health and Social care
• Psychological perspectives
• Supporting individuals with additional needs
• Physiological disorders and their care
• Meeting individual care and support needs
• Sociological perspectives
• Common approaches to care and practice
• Nutritional health
• Complementary therapies
Health Studies route in the second year
In addition to the topics detailed for the first year of your studies, you will cover topics such as:
• Human lifespan development – the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing
• Working in Health and Social Care –exploring what it is like to work in the Health and Social Care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations
• Meeting individual care and support needs – the principles and the practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs
• Anatomy and physiology and function of the human body - systems, and medical research related to disorders affecting these systems, exploring strategies that promote mental well-being and mental health, and the impact of mental ill health on individuals
• Promoting public health - the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population
• Physiological disorders and their care – you will study different types of physiological disorders, such as cancer or strokes. You will also explore the procedure for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users
Health and Social Care route in the second year
In addition to the topics detailed for the first year of your studies, you will cover topics including:
• Working in Health and Social Care– exploring what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations
• Meeting individual care and support needs– you will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals care and support needs, the foundation of all the care disciplines
• Work experience in Health and Social Care – work experience will allow you to carry out and reflect on your industry experience, and plan your personal and professional development
• Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care – you will explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings
• Enquiries in to Current Research in Health and Social Care – you will explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services
You’ll gain direct experience of the sector by combining your learning in the classroom with direct industry experience. As a student you will develop your skills and knowledge with work experience opportunities. We have links to the NHS, care homes and healthcare organisations, meaning you can gain real life industry experiences.
Through your experience of practical activities and theory you will develop your self-confidence and communication skills. Group work, role plays and presentations will offer you the chance to develop as a student and prepare for your next step.
There’s plenty of opportunities outside of your studies. You’ll get lots of opportunities to gain additional qualifications such as First Aid and undertake specialist mental health training.
Assessment is via internal assignments and externally assessed examinations.
This course supports you to pursue a range of career paths. There are so many options when working with people. You could choose to pursue university degrees in Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Health, Nursing or Paramedical Science. As one of the biggest and most diverse employers, the care sector offers you unique and almost endless career possibilities.
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