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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Mode of study Academic BTEC
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code HSB-3S (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. A grade 4 in GCSE Science is recommended.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will study a combination of positive relationships in health and social care, equality and diversity, health, safety and security and anatomy and physiology. This subject encompasses psychology, biology, sociology and law and this blend complements A Levels. This practical course concentrates on understanding how theory underpins practice, placements in a variety of settings are a valuable component of the course in both years. The subject provides vital preparation for many relevant university courses by providing:

    • Essential skills and knowledge for working in the field of health and social care or those associated with it.
    • The ability to investigate ways of empowering individuals who use Health & Social Care services.
    • Self-management skills by researching and applying your knowledge and understanding to real-life scenarios.
    • Placement opportunities are provided by a placement co-ordinator in settings such as hospitals, schools and social care.
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is through a maixture of assignment based work and exams. This large coursework component means you develop independent learning skills and assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. Criteria for these assessments are clearly structured to ensure that grades are fully accessible and designed for work to be presented in a variety of ways e.g. newspaper articles, essays, PowerPoint presentations and displays. A calendar of assessments is provided to ensure planning and organisation is possible.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Megan O’Neill

Megan O’Neill

Health & Social Care BTEC (History, Sociology)
Previous Institution: The Priory School

 I took Health & Social Care because I want to be a primary school teacher. It is an assignment based course, so there is less pressure and you get to do amazing placements for hands-on experience and I went to a primary school. I will be going to study BA Primary Education after College.

Rhona Darling

Rhona Darling

Health & Social Care BTEC
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

Currently, I am a student midwife at De Montfort University in Leicester. Being able to study Health and Social Care and A Level Biology helped me prepare for university and provided me with the vocational skills and experiences, together with the academic ability, which gave me a significant advantage in an extremely competitive course and profession. It was the best decision I made choosing these courses.

Gareth Matthews

Gareth Matthews

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
Previous school: William Brookes School

When I was younger I spent a lot of time in hospital and the wonderful staff inspired me to pursue a career as a midwife. The teachers always answer your queries and help you manage your time. Last year I got a distinction for Level 2 and was eager to come back this year. The partnership between SCG and the NHS offers an amazing opportunity. I have started as a Health Care Assistant at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

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Career Options

  • Senior care workers

    Up to £23,000

  • Care workers and home carers

    Up to £22,000


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