BTEC Health and Social Care

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BTEC Health and Social Care offers a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. The course covers a range of topics from examining the skills needed in the care profession to a deeper understanding of biological issues. BTEC is more vocational in approach, and is ideal for students more adept at continuous assessment (coursework) as there are no external examinations. 

Health & Social Care

What will I study?

There are two BTEC options:

  1.  BTEC Health and Social Care Subsidiary Diploma ( equivalent to 1 A level )
  2.  BTEC Health and Social Care Diploma ( equivalent to 2 A levels )

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Each course covers a variety of modules including: an analysis of the caring profession, equality and diversity in the caring profession and the rights of individuals in care, through to a biological analysis of life stages and health implications. Anatomy and physiology, sociological aspects of the health care profession and psychological perspectives are all covered in the larger, Diploma course.

Co-curricular activities

Work experience is a great way of making you aware of the demands and benefits of working in health and social care. For the Diploma you will be required to take part in a work experience programme during your time of study. This will give you rich experience of opportunities in various care sectors, as well as information for your coursework.

We usually organise a trip to the Nursing Department at Chester University each year and also have visiting guest speakers from a variety of health and social care professions.

Where might it lead?

BTEC Health and Social Care courses when combined with A levels, offer an excellent route to university for a variety of degrees. These include: midwifery, paramedicine, social work, speech and language therapy, nursing amongst others. Alternatively, students may gain employment directly from college.

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