BTEC Health and Social Care

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. 

BTEC Health and 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 )

Click here for more information on a combined A-Level and BTEC programme

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.

For further information about nursing, please click the following link: Nursing Information

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