Health and social care

Health and social care is part of everyone’s life, looking at what makes us healthy and how to look after ourselves and others, plays a fundamental part in the wellbeing of society. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to best help and support those who need it the most.

The course content revolves around person centred care, learning how to treat individuals with dignity and respect while delivering the best quality care.  This is covered through 4 differing units, the balance of examination and coursework is beneficial to a range of learning styles and preferences.

There is currently a national shortage of qualified professionals in our care system, so this is a perfect time to embark on a career in the care industry. Some of the most popular areas that our HSC students’ progress onto are - Nursing, Primary Education, Social Work, Counselling or Sports Studies and Development. Students find this course incredibly rewarding as understanding how to help others can be applied to a number of future professions and personal experiences. The content is beneficial to the student’s life, both personally and for future career options.


BTEC Level 3 National in Health and Social Care (Equivalent to one A level)

Awarding body Pearson/Edexcel

Entry requirements

We recommend a minimum of five level 4s GCSE grades or higher including Maths, English and Science. We also need students who are caring, compassionate and respectful.

Year 12

Unit 1 – Exam - Human Lifespan development. This adds to students’ knowledge at Level 2 adding theorists and evaluating their findings.

Unit 5 – Coursework - Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs. Using given case studies, students show their response to the individual’s care needs.

Year 13

Unit 2 – Exam - Working in Health and Social Care. This is the study of care roles and professions along with professional responsibilities and duty of care.

Unit 14 – Coursework - Physiological Disorders and their Care – Students choose two physiological disorders and create a treatment plan for an individual with one of the conditions.


Two externally assessed (exams) and two internally assessed (coursework)

Split so that each year is one exam and one unit of coursework.

External assessment (58%).

Acknowledging peoples struggles and learning how to support and care for them is a crucial part of life, I would love to professionally support individuals in the future and Health and Social Care has enabled me to learn the key skills needed for my future career.
Erin Oakes, Year 12 student

Why study health and social care?

Health and Social Care is perfect for those who want to work with people, especially in the NHS, care professions or public services. This L3 qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Taking Health and Social Care, I have learnt more about myself and my family than I thought I would, the lessons are never the same and I always feel blown away with the things I'm taught. It also helps that the teachers are AMAZING! I completely recommend Health and Social Care.
Lauren Atkinson, Year 12 student