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Learners will study several mandatory units as well as a range of optional units including Human lifespan
Development, Working in Health and Social Care and Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs. The units of study comprise both internally and externally assessed work.
At BTEC Level 3 National Diploma students will complete 8 units of which 3 are externally assessed. This
qualification is equivalent to two A levels. Students will also benefit from gaining work experience in the health and social sectors. These opportunities will aid career choices and potentially attract learners into the sectors.
This qualification lends itself to creative delivery, using learners’ work experience as a focal point and enabling
learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care.
Students should have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Where Health and Social Care has previously
been studied students should have achieved a Merit Level 2.
Students should be able to sustain writing in longer, significant pieces of work for homework, classwork
and examination and be able to confidently and clearly express ideas verbally.
Students will also need a high level of organisation and the ability to prioritise workloads.
BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care is a qualification that can open the doors to many opportunities in a
variety of job roles whilst also providing a good grounding for you to go on to study more specialised areas such as social work, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, paramedic science for example at degree level. It is a qualification that you can use to apply for a range of job opportunities in the health and social care sectors.