Health & Social Care

The BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Health and Social Care will provide you with an introduction to the Health and Social Care sector. The qualification is a double award, and is therefore equivalent to two A Levels. On this course, you will cover a range of different topics, being taught in a range of different ways. This means that classroom activities vary and lessons are never boring. You will cover a lot of detailed theory, however, you should also be prepared to get hands and have a go at trying some techniques out too!

Length of course: 2 years.

How will I be assessed? This course is assessed in a variety of ways. Over the 2 years of study, you will complete 2 written exams, 4 pieces of coursework, 1 controlled assessment and 1 unit of work experience which will included observations of your health and social care practice.

What does the course lead to? If taken alongside a further Level 3 qualification, this course will enable you to progress onto degree level study from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. This qualification is also well recognised and valued by prospective employers in the sector.

Potential career progression could include; Adult/Child/Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing, Counselling, Occupational therapist. Physician associate. Social work, Youth work, Midwifery, Health Care Assistant, Paramedic.

What will I study? The content of the qualification is based on the person-centred approach and values needed to work in the health and social care sector. The content is broad and covers many areas from the sector. Some of the topics you will cover include; the human lifespan and the development that occurs across these life stages, how to meet individual care and support needs, the importance of public health, different physiological disorders and how to care for them, and research within the sector and how this helps to improve the care we provide.