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Health & Social Care: BTEC Level 3

Health social care

Subject Outline:

This qualification aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent to one A Level. The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector. They consist of: “Human Lifespan Development”; “Working in Health and Social Care” and “Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs”.  Learners can select one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector. Optional units include “Sociological Perspectives”; “Psychological Perspectives” and “Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs”

Entry Requirements:

Students wishing to pursue this course must have Grade 4 passes in English and Maths and Grade 5 in Combined Science or grade 5 in at least two triple Science subjects.

Class work, revision and assessment:

Students attend all lessons to complete the guided learning hours (GLH). There are three main forms of assessment of which you need to be aware:

  1. External,
  2. internal and
  3. synoptic.

Each external assessment is linked to a specific unit. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Health and Social Care suite are:

  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available twice a year.

Students will be internally assessed using a variety of styles to help develop a range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate work-based values and practices.

The mandatory synoptic assessment requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of a defined vocational task. Learners complete the task using knowledge and understanding from their studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills.

Careers and Extra-Curricular Activities:

As part of this course learners should seek to spend some time working in a care-type environment, such as a Special Needs Deportment in a school, A nursery or an elderly care home for example.

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education​
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.
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