Health and Social Care is a successful BTEC course at Poole High School. Over two years of study students will complete the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma qualification, which is equivalent to obtaining two A-levels.

Departmental Courses

BTEC Health and Social Care


During the course students complete eight units, which cover a wide range of topics. These include both coursework and exam units, exams consist of both short answer and essay style questions.

The six mandatory units studied are:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – exam
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – exam
  • Unit 4: Enquiries into Current research in Health and Social Care – exam
  • Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – coursework
  • Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – coursework
  • Unit 8: Promoting Public Health – coursework

Students study two optional units, examples of optional units include:

  • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care - coursework
  • Unit 19: Nutritional Health – coursework


In the first year student will complete two exam units, units 1 and 2, taking the exams in May. They will also complete three coursework units, units 5, 7 and 14.

Students will be expected to arrange and participate in a weekly work experience placement that is relevant to the course. This allows students to relate the content covered in lessons to real world situations, giving them a greater understanding and more holistic experience. Students will also refer to these experiences when completing coursework assignments.


Students complete one exam unit and three coursework units in the second year. The exam unit is based around current research in the health and social care sector, and teaches students to apply fundamental research skills. This is valuable preparation and experience for those who are considering attending university or higher education after sixth form.

Who can I contact for help?

Mrs J Borthwick (

Health and Social Care is a suitable qualification for students who wish to progress to a career in the health or social care sector. Previous students have followed a number of career pathways including; occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, paramedic, social work, child care, teaching, classroom assistant, counselling, and police.