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I chose health and social care as I have always had an interest in helping other people and giving support to those who need it. I have become a lot more independent due to having to do a lot of my coursework by myself, and better with hitting deadlines for my coursework. The college has been very helpful with supporting the sixth form and have provided things such as laptops and study periods to help us with being able to do our homework on time and provide support and help with subjects we are struggling with.


BTEC embodies a fundamentally learner–centred approach to the curriculum, with the flexible unit – based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments.  

The course focuses on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. 

The course offers a wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units in Human Lifespan and Development, Working in Health and Social Care, Enquires into Current Research in Health and Social Care, as well as Health and Safety and Safeguarding. This has resulted in focused qualifications which work alongside other vocational qualifications or an A level (s).

The BTEC in Health and Social Care has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector and prepare students for the challenges they will face in Higher Education or employment. It has been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector. 

You will practically apply your skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace. Students will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support.

You will develop a good understanding of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of individuals. You will also learn about the importance of legislation and guidance in Health and Social Care.  

All students are encouraged to take up volunteering in the Health and Social Care Sector to complement their studies and all will complete full week’s work experience in year 12.The  National Extended Diploma has a mandatory work experience unit built into the course and each learner must complete a minimum of 100 hours. Learners will be supported to find a suitable placement to develop a better understanding of the demands of this sector to demonstrate their commitment and interest when applying for further study. This will provide you with a vocational context in which you can develop the knowledge and skills required for your chosen progression route.  


We have outstanding, experienced staff that have worked in Health and Social Care settings and have extensive experience in delivering Health and social care courses. They are both supportive and knowledgeable in their subject field.  

There are variety of ways of studying Health and Social Care at CWLC and you can choose which course is best for you. 

Each course offering a clear purpose, so there is something to suit each learner, using a mixture of assessment methods including assignments, presentations and work experience. (41%) External assessment.  

We plan and organise trips to local health and social are settings, conferences and museums. We have many visiting speakers from all sectors including a Sexual Health Nurse, Social Worker, BEAT Support worker, Safeguarding Team Manager, Team Manager for Learning Disability Adults Services and a Police Officer.


The BTEC National provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points 

These courses will enable you to benefit from opportunities for deep learning where you are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.

BTEC Nationals are well recognised by industry and higher education as a signature vocational qualification at level 3 with a track record built over 30 years of learner success. Progression routes include Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc.  

Many of our students have been successful on Courses such as Nursing (Adult and Paediatric) and Paramedic Science courses at university. 

Students have also been as successful down other avenues including Social Work, Psychology and Counselling. Two students last year secured full time jobs in Education and Care settings. Universities and employers value competencies in confidence, perseverance, resilience, good values, adaptability and excellent communication skills which is embedded into our students at CWLC. 

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