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BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

This is a two year programme that is equivalent to one A level. If you see yourself working with children or adults in a helping capacity, then this course is for you.  Possible careers that can lead on from this qualification are social work, teaching, midwifery, paramedic, radiography, theatre nurse/ODP worker, occupational therapy, nursing and many more.

What does the course involve?

You will:

  • Be introduced to the biological, psychological and sociological theories associated with human development
  • Apply, assess and evaluate a range of psychological theories associated with human development to real-life scenarios
  • Examine factors affecting individual’s growth and development such as the environment or genetic inheritance
  • Explore the physical effects of ageing and the theories that help to explain psychological changes
  • Analyse and evaluate situations in case studies to reflect on the promotion of equality and diversity including the values and skills needed to care and support vulnerable people
  • Analyse ethical issues in health and social care and write a report on how an ethical approach benefits people using health and social care services

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through two externally assessed exams and two course work units.

Next steps:

This two-year course is equivalent to one A level and will be taken alongside other qualifications. On completion of this course you may choose to enter employment or, depending on your overall grades, progress to higher education.

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A level 3 BTEC in Children’s Play, Learning and Development and A level biology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Paediatric Nursing/Midwifery
  • Level 3 BTECs in Children’s Play, Learning and Development and Criminology which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Social Work
  • A level 3 BTEC in Children’s Play, Learning and Development and A level English which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

What qualifications do I need to get onto the course?

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above with two being in English and Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Working with children clearly needs to be an interest of yours if you are considering this course. You will study children from birth to 7 years and 11 months. As part of the course, you will complete a minimum of 50 hours mandatory work experience.

You will:

  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of work experience in an early years setting
  • Learn a range of psychological theories and models that can inform patterns of children’s growth and development
  • Be able to apply a range of psychological theories and models that inform children’s growth and development to real-life scenarios
  • Learn about brain development and the importance of stimulating play on the developing brain
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts, key activities, processes and theories that promote the development of children’s communication, language, literacy and numeracy

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through two externally set exams and two course work units.

This two year course is equivalent to one A level and will be taken alongside other qualifications. On completion of this course, you may choose to enter employment or depending on your overall grades, progress to higher education.

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care and an A Level in Biology which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Paediatric Nursing
  • A level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care and an A Level in English which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies
  • A level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care and an A Level in History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.

What qualifications do I need to get onto the course?

5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above with two being in English and Mathematics.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: 

A GSCE or BTEC in Child Development or Health and Social Care is helpful but certainly not essential.  What is most important is that you have a keen interest in children and an enquiring mind into how children grow and develop, play and learn.