BTEC Level 3 Diploma



Studying BTEC Health and Social Care (HSC) will allow you to study a range of health, early-years care and education and social care issues. It is a varied and interesting subject to study which would give you a good base of knowledge for progressing into careers in the HSC sector or onto further study at university for a diverse range of subjects from Nursing and Social Work to Teaching and Speech Therapy. You will learn about the legislation and rights underpinning service provision and develop an understanding of issues affecting the health and social sector such abuse and child protection issues. You will learn about people, how they grow and develop and study aspects of anatomy and physiology, looking at diagnosis, care and treatment of certain diseases.  You will have the opportunity to develop skills such as in communication and put these into practice during over 100 hours of work placement. This practical experience will prove invaluable whether you go straight into employment or to support your application for further study in fields such as nursing, teaching or social work. It will also allow you to experience different client groups and settings such as childcare, elderly or people with learning disabilities in community settings. This course will give you a basic introduction to fields such as psychology, sociology and counselling and you will gain a recognized First Aid qualification.

To start any BTEC Level 3 course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.  You must have GCSE Mathematics grade D AND GCSE English grade D.

The L3 Diploma comprises 12 units in total studied over 2 years which are all assessed by coursework. This may include written assignments or practical tasks such as first aid or discussions or presentations. These include a double unit on professional development which includes over 100 hours of work placement in at least 2 different settings which you will chose yourself, plus preparation for employment or future study. This opportunity will provide a good insight into careers and opportunities you may be considering. The L3 BTEC Diploma is also a recognised vocational qualification which would allow you to work within certain HSC settings as well as being well recognised as a suitable qualification for entry to university.

Students learn through a variety of activities, Real life case studies will be used to examine issues around care such as abuse. Students are encouraged to discuss and share views in small groups. Research will involve studying current documents such as equality legislation.   There are some practical elements including  the placement, communication tasks, counselling skills, recording measurements such as blood pressure, assessing risks during an enactment of   disaster scenario and first aid skills such as Cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

Many Health and Social Care  students progress to careers in Nursing, Social Work , Health Management or allied medical careers such as Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or public services such as the Police. Career progression may be via further study at University or through an apprenticeship scheme.   Some students may go straight to a career within the care sector. Health and Social care offers very diverse career structures and opportunities in a field which can only keep expanding with the ever increasing needs of the growing population.

You will study 12 units in total, 8 compulsory units shown below and a 4  other units which will include counselling skills and physiological disorders.

Unit 1 - Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
In this unit, you will explore and develop the skills of effective inter-personal interaction and communication, essential to the operation of health and social care services. The value of effective and varied types and styles of communication in the support of patients/service users will be explored.
Unit 2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care 
This unit will give you the chance to investigate how equality, diversity and rights are central to the effective operation of health and social care services. You will also explore discriminatory practice and its potential effects on patients/service users and the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice.
Unit 3 - Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
In this unit you will be introduced to health, safety and security issues in the health and social care workplace. It will encourage you to reflect on potential hazards and how the risk from these may be reduced, to explore relevant legislation and the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees within the health and social care sectors.
Unit 4 - Development through the Life Stages
This unit allows you to become familiar with life stages and how people grow and develop. You will reflect on the importance of genetic, environmental and socio-economic factors and major life events on development and consider the nature-nurture debate.
Unit 5 - Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
This unit aims to provide you with a clear understanding of fundamental aspects of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems. You will gain an overview of the gross anatomy and function of all human body systems before investigating selected body systems in greater depth.
Unit 6 - Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
This double unit explores the different ways in which learning can take place and, in particular, how learning from individual experiences is used by those who work in health and social care to enhance the quality of their own knowledge, skills and practice, and includes 100 hours of placement experience.  In addition to the requirement for work experience and the opportunities to relate theory to practice, the unit will enable learners to bring together your learning from all units in the programme.
Unit 7 - Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
The aim of the unit is to introduce you to sociology as the study of society. This will include the exploration of the social dimension of health and illness. In this unit you will look at ethics and values in social care work. You will consider how the promotion of equality and rights within services provided for individuals, who are often disadvantaged and disenfranchised, is crucial for effectiveness in health and social care services.
Unit 8 - Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
The aim of the unit is to introduce you to the different psychological perspectives and to encourage the application of these approaches to the study of health and social care. The value of psychological studies to the understanding of health and social care will be examined.