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This course is ideal if you are thinking of a job within either a health or social care setting. It's a great introduction to the world of this ever-changing and demanding industry and can help you progress either into a job, or directly to university to study a degree-related subject.
You will be taught by a variety of teachers from a range of disciplines, and have the chance to complete six work placements in health and social care settings that interest you. You will study a vast array of subjects, including social sciences, laws and biological units.

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This two year course is aimed at students who know that their future path lies in health or care practice. BTECs are designed to provide specialist, work related qualifications, giving you the focused, underpinning knowledge to enter the world of Health and Social Care.

Course content

You will study the eight mandatory units plus selected optional units. Amongst other topics you will examine how practitioners can communicate effectively with a range of service users and make sure that any possible barriers to communication are overcome. You will have the opportunity to look at the impact of discrimination upon users of service and how practitioners work to promote anti-discriminatory practice when working in health and care settings. In looking at how to maintain health and safety you will focus on yourself as a worker as well as the users of service and the setting itself.
You will look at how individuals develop throughout their life stages and the impact of our anatomy and physiology on health and well-being. You will be taught by teachers from a range of disciplines and learn about psychological, sociological and biological perspectives on health and social care. We investigate users of service of all ages and you will study how practitioners work to maintain the safety and well-being of those they are caring for.

How will I be assessed?

There is no examination for this course, you will be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assignments cover a range of assessments such as essays and reports, presentations, videos, discussions, visual displays.


Entry requirements: 

At least five GCSEs at a minimum of grade C, including English Language or Level 2 Health & Social Care Diploma at Distinction. For students that intend to progress into a career in midwifery, A-Level Biology will need to be taken alongside this BTEC (please see Biology entry requirements). A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required so students can attend a work placement; this must be applied for before embarking on the course or during enrolment.

Enrichment opportunities:

This is planned on a year-by-year basis according to local opportunities, but we normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of Health & Social Care. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.

What can I do next?

You may apply for positions in a range of care or health services or apply to study at degree level in a related discipline; e.g. nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy or to become a paramedic.

What our students say

“I originally started studying A Levels but soon realised that wasn’t for me. Coming to Totton College helped me refocus, and has bought out my confidence. I’ve gained relevant, hands-on work experience in the area of cardiac physiology, and hope to study this further at the University of Southampton next year.”

Laaiqah Beg

Health and Social Care, Level 3 student

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