L3 BTEC Health and Social Care

“A modern health care system has to be completely focused on the needs of its users.” Patricia Hewitt

Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics or still be working towards achieving a grade 5 in Mathematics. 

Course description


This course enables students to explore a range of areas within the health services. It will provide knowledge, understanding and skills required
to progress onto future employment in the health and care sectors.


This qualification will provide opportunities in careers including Home & Residential Care, some National Health Careers including Health Care Assistant, Family support Worker. After further study this qualification will provide opportunities in careers including Nursing, Social Work, Youth & Community Work, Probation and Allied Health Professions. 


The course comprises of 4 units covering a wide aspect of Health & Social Care (equivalent to one GCE A Level).


  • Unit 1 - Human Lifespan and Development (External Exam 1.5 hours) - This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development. You will explore the key aspects of growth and development, and the experience of health and wellbeing.
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (External Exam 1.5 hours) - This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. When working for an organisation in this sector, you will have important responsibilities that you need to understand and carry out. These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that you properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them.
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework) - In this unit, you will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. You will examine factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services.
  • Unit 12 – Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (Coursework) - In this unit, you will explore the range of additional needs that are faced by individuals, considering the effects these needs have on their wellbeing, rights and access.

The qualification carries UCAS points and if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. It will support entry to many higher education courses, depending on the other qualifications learners have taken. 

Ways to help my child succeed

Coursework and exams can be challenging and stressful.  In order to assist your child talk to them, proof read their work, assist with revision strategies and encourage them to present/execute their work to the highest standards

Exam board

  • Pearson / Edexcel

Exam board website


  • 360 GLH - Equivalent in size to one A Level. Mandatory content (83%) and External assessment (58%).

Useful resource

  • BTEC Nationals Health and      Social Care Student Book 1.  Publisher: Pearson.  Author:      Marilyn Billingham,Pamela Davenport,Hilary Talman,Nicola Matthews,Beryl      Stretch,Elizabeth Haworth.  ISBN: 9781292126012
  • BTEC Nationals Health and      Social Care Student Book 2. Publisher: Pearson. Author: Carolyn Aldworth,      Elizabeth Haworth, Sue Hocking, Peter Lawrence, Nicola Matthews, Majorie      Snaith, Mary Whitehouse.
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