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This seems to be a popular choice! This course is now full for 2024/25 and so you will not be able apply for it as one of your course choices.

However, you can join our waiting list for this course by emailing us at

In the meantime, please apply for an alternative course to go alongside your other choices. If a place becomes available, we will contact you and discuss whether you want to swap to this course back into your programme.  

As course choices change and students shuffle around, it is very unusual for students to remain on waiting lists and not get onto all of their first choice courses by the beginning of term. We will keep you updated!

This course will explore the diverse and complex nature of the Health and Social Care sector. The course is equivalent to one A-level. Skills and knowledge will be developed, as well as an awareness of the needs of particular service user groups, such as early years care and education, older people or individuals with specific needs.

In 2023 BTEC Health and Social Care student progress was significantly higher than national benchmarks.


Course content

This course is equivalent to one A-level.

All students will study:

Year One

Unit 1

Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care

Unit 2

Equality and diversity (Exam in January)

Unit 4

Anatomy and physiology (Exam in May)

Year Two

Unit 3

Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care (Exam in January)

Unit 9

Supporting people with learning disabilities

Unit 17

Supporting people with mental health conditions

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Each unit includes teaching, student research and presentations, coursework writing and practical skills. We strongly advise each student to arrange a regular voluntary placement in a health and social care setting to complement their classroom studies. This could be helping with scouts or brownies or supporting in a primary school or serving teas in a care home. Well-qualified and experienced teachers support and guide the progress of coursework and co-ordinate links with professionals and care settings.

Methods of Assessment

60% exam + 40% coursework

Each unit has a variety of coursework assignments. Students will write assignments and be graded pass, merit or distinction. Students will sit external exams in three units in January or May.


This course in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points, enabling students to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects, such as education, social work and nursing. Students could also go on to relevant employment within health and social care services.


Students should have class materials for each lesson, and be able to meet their printing and photocopying costs as needed.

Where can this course lead?

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