Health and Social Care BTEC

Departmental contact

Mrs Phillips – phillips.j@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

Edexcel – BTEC LEVEL 3

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English. You do not have to have studied Health and Social Care previously although this is an advantage. If you have studied it at Level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above at this level.

Students say

“I have enjoyed learning about the importance of communication in health and social care. It has really made me think about the value of effective communication and helped me to pick up on other people’s non-verbal messages.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

It is a varied and interesting course which allows you to explore and learn about health and social care and the principles that underpin effective care in our society. You will build up a variety of skills and technical knowledge. It gives you the opportunity to develop a broad base of understanding of the health and social care sector.

If completed successfully, the course will give you an A Level equivalent qualification which can count as UCAS points towards entry for higher education or you may choose to go into relevant care services in the health and social care sector and gain further qualifications there.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills and a social awareness that is so important in the health and social care sector. Significant key skills you will be encouraged to develop are effective communication, working as part of a group, being an independent learner, leadership, research skills, and the ability to disseminate information.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study a range of topics over the two years including:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment will be through a combination of examination and internally and externally assessed coursework.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

As a Level 3 subject, successful completion of the qualification will give you UCAS points for entry into higher education or you may choose to study further health and social care qualifications whilst working in the sector.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

You will be encouraged to complete some work experience and visit relevant health and social care settings. You may also like to volunteer to mentor and buddy younger students to develop your skills in communication and empathy.

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