Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 3)

Health and social care (btec level 3)


This is a course for students who have an interest in working in the social care, health care or education fields. The course will appeal to those students who:

– Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience.

– Want the opportunity to carry out practical work as well as class work.

– Want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation.

– Are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and the clients they serve.

– Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable.

– Want to move on to a related career or higher vocational courses (BTEC level 4, HND and NVQs).

What is the BTEC subsidiary diploma level 3?

The qualification is designed to provide a broad introduction to the vocational area of health and social care. It is offered at two options:

The Extended Certificate: This has 360 guided learning hours and is taught as 4 units over two years, this course can be studied alongside other Advanced GCE’s.

BTEC Level 3 National extended diploma: Malton school is also offering the BTEC Level 3 National extended diploma in Health and social care which is a triple option and is equivalent to THREE A evel subjects. The extended diploma consists of 1080 guided learning hours and is taught as a combination of mandatory and optional modules over the two years. It includes 100 hours of work experience in a Health and social care environment.

WHAT you will study?

In the subsidiary diploma you will study the following units:

Unit 1 Human lifespan development (Mandatory)

Unit 2 Working in Health and social care (Mandatory)

Unit 5 Meeting individual care and support needs (Mandatory)

Unit 10 Sociological perspectives (optional)

Unit 11 Psychological perspectives (optional)

Unit 12 Supporting individuals with Additional needs (optional)

Unit 14 Physiological disorders and their care (optional)

In the extended diploma you will study all units 1-8 in Year 1 and in Year 2 there will be a variety of units to a total of 180 credits over the two years.

Vocational Experience

Students will take part in a number of vocational based visits, trips and short placements in order to support their assignments with activities and observations of health and social care environments.

What qualifications do I need?

You should have a general interest in health and care issues, a BTEC in Health & Social Care at Level 2 would be beneficial but not essential.


This course is a combination of external exams (units 1 and 2) and internal assessment of assignments. Assessed assignments are carried out regularly throughout the course.

Future Prospects

The BTEC in Health and Social Care combines with almost all A-level subjects and thus will support applications for social work, nursery nursing, healthcare of the elderly and other health related courses. There is a very wide range of employment opportunities and further vocational training following successful completion of this course. Past students have gone on to do nursing, occupational therapy, play leadership, nursery nursing, teaching and youth work.