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btec health and social care level 3

BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3

Do you want to make a difference to people‚Äôs lives in a positive way? Do you want a job that is varied, rewarding and worthwhile? Then consider a career in the Health and Social Care sector. 

BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3 provides you with skills and pathways to help you fulfil your ambition. You will study a range of units, which will help you to gain skills that will be valuable to a career in the sector. 

During the course you will: 

  • research topical issues within health and social care
  • develop and apply a full range of academic skills 
  • explore real situations that may occur in health and social care settings via scenarios and work experience 
  • be practical in the application of policies and procedures in health and social care 
  • understand the role of professionals in health and social care.

This is a two year course equivalent to one A Level and leads to a national qualification recognised by employers.

Curriculum Intent

The aim of this course is to give students a deep understanding of human development, common chronic physiological disorders and the roles of healthcare professionals across a range of services.

BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3 course outline

You will study four units as shown in the table below. The content for each unit is outlined in the table below indicating the Guided Learning Hours (GLH), whether they are mandatory and the method of assessment.

Unit Guided Learning Hours

Mandatory or optional

How assessed?

Unit 1 Human lifespan development


Mandatory 1 hour 30 minutes external exam
Unit 2 Working in health and social care 120 Mandatory 1 hour 30 minutes external exam
Unit 5 Meeting individual care and support needs 90 Mandatory Internally assessed

Unit 14 Physiological disorders and their care

60 Optional

 Internally assessed

Key Stage 5 Health & Social Care Curriculum Plan

What other courses does BTEC Health and Social care go well with?

This course goes well with a wide range of other courses, particularly psychology and sociology.

What degree/higher education courses and careers can I progress to?

The course will give you a broad educational base for a career in health and social care and progression to further study, including a degree, diploma course, teacher training or nursing depending on your GCSE qualifications

Level 3 Health and Social Care  is useful if you are considering a career in: 

  • Early years 
  • Primary or secondary education 
  • Nursing and midwifery 
  • Paramedic 
  • Social work 
  • Occupational therapist 
  • Carer.