Health & Social Care – BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care


The Level 3 Diploma is an excellent general qualification that combines well with a wide range of other courses. Students will study in a positive, creative and friendly environment where they will be motivated and feel confident to express empathy and understanding with a diverse range of human needs.

The content is varied and interesting, ranging from Communication to Human Body Systems and Psychology. Learning methods include independently researched projects, talks from visiting speakers and work experience.

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Human lifespan development (exam)
  • Working in Health & Social Care (exam)
  • Enquiries into current research (controlled assessment year 2)
  • Physiological disorders

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable the students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and work experience.

Health & Social Care students are actively involved in local community events, as well as work experience placements in a range of health care settings.


In combination with other equivalent qualifications, Health and Social Care students may decide to take up a place at university studying one of a number of degrees related to this subject. Popular courses include Nursing, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Teaching. A qualification in Health and Social Care will provide essential knowledge of the industry and help prepare students for Higher Education or the world of work.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 4 in English Language

Students will also need to have DBS check.

Students on this course should be:

  • Interested in the care industry
  • Able to carry out independent research
  • Able to meet coursework deadlines

Students should enjoy and be good at working with others, communicating in speech and writing, planning their own learning and meeting deadlines. The ability to use information technology is also quite important.

The course is assessed through a split of coursework and exam assessment.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

What goes well with this course?

Health and Social Care goes well with many subjects, particularly:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport
  • English
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Public Services


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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