Health & Social Care (Health Studies) Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Do you care? Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives? Then this course will enable you to develop both the knowledge and the practical skills required for working in the health or social care sectors. It will provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university. Some of the transferable skills that are valued include the ability to: learn independently; research actively and methodically; deliver presentations and be an active group member.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics. This is a vocational course which requires a professional attitude.

Course Content

This qualification has been designed to be the only qualification in a two-year, full-time study programme; it is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector and is equivalent to three A Levels and supports progression to health and social care related degrees. The content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector including: Human Lifespan Development; Working in Health and Social Care; Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care; Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs; Work Experience in Health and Social Care; Principals of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care; Promoting Public Health. Each unit is applied to working in a range of care settings, ensuring you have a broad skill set to underpin work in health care. As a result the course will prepare you well for studies in Health or Social Care. Also, the placement opportunities will provide you with the hands on experience required for studying at university.


Assessment consists of eighteen internally assessed units (coursework).

Enrichment and Work Experience

Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of the second year, you will have achieved a minimum of 100 hours in a variety of health and social care settings. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to participate with Medical Mavericks, visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the health and social care sector.

Additional Information

A visit to the Trafford Centre is compulsory as part of an assignment to carry out a risk assessment and costs will be met by the College.  Essential additional cost for the course are: DBS (£56), visit to Edge Hill University is part of the enrichment programme to gain an insight to the campus and attend subject specific presentations and will cost approximately £10.

Future Career Opportunities

Students who study BTEC Health & Social Care go on to study a range of courses at university including:

• BSc (Hons) in Nursing

• BA (Hons) in Social Work

• BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy

• BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy

• BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy

• BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care

Why Study at BSFC?

Students benefit from a wide range of classroom activities and an engaging curriculum. Your teacher will guide you through your assessments and will provide thorough feedback to help you improve your work. You will also have the opportunity to develop experience as a student mentor and complete additional qualifications such as first aid.