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 at least 5 GCSE at 5 or above. 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 subject enables students to explore a range of areas within the health and social care services. It will provide knowledge, understanding and skills required
to progress onto future employment in the health and care sectors.


This subject will also 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. 


 You will study a range of Health and Social Care related topics including core units:


  • Human Lifespan and Development - 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.
  • Working in Health and Social Care - This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector.
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – This unit will help you 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.
  • Physiological Disorders – This unit will help you understand a range of physiological disorders, including how to treat them, the signs and symptoms and how to care for someone who suffers from one.


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%).

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The subject can be studied through three pathways. Within each pathway there will be both externally assessed exams and internally assessed coursework:

Extended Certificate

This is worth 1 A-Level and students will study 4 units over 2 years.


This is worth 2 A-Levels and students will study 8 units over 2 years

Extended Diploma

This is worth 3 A Levels and students will study 13 units over 2 years including a compulsory work experience unit, with 3 weeks in a workplace setting.



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