BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society.  The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase.  Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 and KS5 curriculum.   This course will help learners to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills.

What will I learn on this course?

Units range from analysing Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health and Social Care, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs and Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care.  Work experience units involve teaching and reflection on 100 of work experience in a Health and Social Care setting.

Examinations & Coursework

The course consists of 8 units across 2 years, of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Equivalent in size to two A Levels.  Mandatory content (83%) and External assessment is (46%).

Potential career paths

  • Adult Nurse.
  • Care Worker.
  • Community Development Worker.
  • Counsellor.
  • Health Promotion Specialist.
  • Occupational Therapist.
  • Social Worker.
  • Youth Worker

Enrichment opportunities

The course includes a Unit on work experience, students complete 100 hours over 2 years in a chosen Health and Social Care work placement setting focusing on core skills and application of knowledge.  Trips (e.g. sixth form visits from the True Life Conference, local GP’s, Nurses, Occupational Therapists; visits to Leighton Hospital, including an opportunity to interview members of staff on their roles and responsibilities within the hospital).