The BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care/Health and consequently act as a robust introduction to both sectors. They prepare learners for employment in the sectors or for higher education. They are also mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was developed as part of the Agenda for Change process for updating the way NHS staff roles are defined and developed.
Learners will benefit from gaining a number of mandatory units as well as a wide range of optional and specialist optional units according to the route embarked on.
What will I learn at A Level?
Unit 1 - Students will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
Unit 5 - Students will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.
Unit 2 - Students will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
Unit 10 - Students will study the application of socialogical approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups.
How will I be assessed at A Level?
BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3 is assessed through two external examinations and coursework. You will complete coursework through various methods including; information sheets, presentations, ICT presentations and essays.
- Unit 1: Exam - Human Lifespan Development
- Unit 5: Coursework - Meeting Individual Care Needs
- Unit 2: Exam - Working in Health and Social Care
- Unit 5: Coursework - Sociological Perspectives
To be accepted on to the Health and Social Care course you are required to have at least 5 GCSEs Level 9-4. It is strongly recommended that this includes GCSE English. A Merit in any BTEC subject at Level 2 is preferable.
There are various career routes you can take after studying Level 3 Health and Social Care such as a Health and Social Care related degree; Child Development Studies, Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care, Social Worker, Residential Worker, Nurse, Midwife, Nursery Nurse and Teacher are amongst many of the potential opportunities open to Health and Social Care students.