Health & Social Care

Course Overview 

Are you a good communicator? Do you care about other people and how our society develops? Are you interested in pursuing a career working with children, older people or in the NHS? Health & Social Care can give you these opportunities.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels. It is a natural progression from BTEC Level 2 in Health & Social Care and is designed to further develop you into an independent learner. You can still study Health & Social Care at Level 3 if you have not studied it before. Throughout the course you will study a variety of topics and build upon your knowledge and understanding of the world of Health, Social Care and Early Years. 

The nature of the course not only gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding but it also allows you to improve your research and application skills, organisational skills and time management. You will develop personal skills and attitudes essential for successful  performance at university and in working life.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Ideally you will have a grade 4 in English Language.
You must have the required qualifications for the Advanced Pathway.

Course Level:

BTEC- Level 3 (Double Award)

Assessment Objectives

The BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care is run over two years and content is broken down into eight units, with three being externally assessed. The size of each unit is determined by how many guided learning hours (GLH) have been set for delivery and to successfully complete the course, you must complete a total of 720 GLH. You must complete all the units in order to fulfil the course requirements.

Units studied over the 2 years:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (90 GLH)

Unit 2: Working in Health & Social Care (120 GLH)

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care (120 GLH)

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (90 GLH)

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care Settings (90 GLH)

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health (90 GLH)

Unit 10: Psychological Perspectives (60 GLH)

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care (60GLH)

What skills will I develop?

Clinical skills
First Aid qualification
Caring for a variety of service users
Communication and interpersonal skills

How will I be assessed?


Three exams and five piece of coursework across two years weighted 50% exam
50% coursework

Is there anything else I should know?

Three exams and five piece of coursework across two years weighted 50% exam
50% coursework

Progression Routes

Many students who study Health & Social Care go on to  university to study Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and 

Teaching. The level 3 course is excellent preparation for  entering university or going directly into Social Care/Early years employment.