Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 4 in Maths, English Language and Science and a Pass in Health & Social Care (if studied)


This course is an excellent choice for a career in Health, Social Care, Community Justice or Early Years sectors. You will develop practical, interpersonal and thinking skill and study a wide range of topics assessed by both exams and coursework. The courses are very ‘hands-on’ and you will have the opportunity to undertake a number of work experience placements. You can choose to study the Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level) or the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels).

What you will study

  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Health Psychology
  • Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs


Assessment is through a combination of coursework and exams.

  • External Assessment – linked to a specific unit of study (exams and set tasks twice a year)
  • Internal Assessment – assignments (research, case studies, projects, skills)
  • Synoptic Assessment – set tasks (demonstrating skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge)

Course Support

Our Health and Social Care department is committed to supporting you as an individual and will help you to achieve your full potential.

  • One-to-one and group tutorials
  • Assistance with study skills
  • Target setting to improve performance

Work Experience & Enrichment

  • Apply knowledge learnt in the classroom
  • Experience the workplace and develop your skills
  • Placements range from working in a childcare or education setting to working with a healthcare practitioner, occupational therapist or nutritionist.
  • First Aid and Sign Language Enrichment activities


The Health, Social Care, Community Justice and Early Years sectors offer a variety of rewarding careers. These qualifications provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university or employment: Analytical skills, research skills, independent learning, problem solving, communication skills, resilience, self-management and working collaboratively.

Career Opportunities

Some career examples include Nurse, Midwife, Clinical Psychologist, Paramedic, Dietician, Radiographer, Operation Department Practitioner, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist,
Mental Health Professional, Teacher.

Further Information

BTEC Health & Social Care course leaflet

Exam board course specification



What Our Students Say

The staff at Carmel College have been overwhelmingly helpful in supporting me throughout the time I’ve studied here.

The Health and Social care department especially have been amazing in helping me figure out my plans after College. With their help, I managed to get offers from my top 2 choices, Edge Hill University and Manchester Metropolitan University studying Adult Nursing.

I think new students shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help from the College at any time with anything. Anyone interested in working in health and care would benefit so much from studying this course. Not only do they provide the key knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the health sector, the tutors also give their best in helping students to decide on what career to pursue in their future.

Nathan Peñaranda

H&SC Nathan Penaranda