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Health & Social Care Level 3

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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care


The qualification is the equivalent in size to two A levels.  It is aimed primarily at students interested in further study, probably in the health and social care sector.  It supports access to a range of higher education courses in health and social care disciplines, if taken alongside further level 3 qualifications, for example Biology or Psychology A levels.    

Students will study twelve units, covering the following content areas:

  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

Other optional units cover the biological, sociological and psychological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector.  

The health and social care sector employs almost four million people in the UK across two sub sectors; health care and social care.  Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services.  The social care sector includes residential nursing care, domiciliary care and social work.  Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, for example.  There are more than 300 distinct career paths in this sector. 

It also supports students who choose to progress directly to employment as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for a range of entry level roles, industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships.