Health & Social Care


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care


What is a BTEC Level 3 Diploma?


The BTEC Diploma is a well-respected vocational qualification.  It is worth the equivalent of TWO A Level grades.  It is commonly accepted as a progression onto degree courses and for higher level jobs.  The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care is assessed mainly by coursework, but there iare two examinations also.

What will I learn?

  • Gain an understanding of health, social care and early years working environment
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and early years
  • Have the opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way including work placement and visits to local health, social and early years organisations
  • Follow a course that enables progression to both higher education and employment in relevant sectors
  • Develop skills that are highly valued by employers and universities and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.


Typical lesson activities might include:

  • Planning a health promotion to discourage irresponsible drinking
  • Designing a game for children which will help social development
  • Investigating the causes, symptoms and medical treatments for a chosen viral disease

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is achieved through coursework projects (5 units) and through external assessment (3 Units).  External assessment is through examinations and an externally set and marked project.  All subjects are individually graded as pass, merit or distinction. The points total at the end of your course will determine your overall grade.  

What can I do after completing the course?

Students use their qualification in Health and Social Care to support an application for a degree in nursing, midwifery, teaching training or social work.

Some students choose to go straight into employment with further training in areas such as Social Work, Caring and Education.

Planned Year 12 Units:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Development through the Life Stages
  • Personal and Professional Development

Planned Year 13 Units:

  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Work Experience

For further information:

Please contact the course co-ordinator, Mr M.J. Ollerton, on Diss (01379) 642424 ext.263


Health and Social Care

Diss High School

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