Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a larger or different level 3 programme. Other learners may want to extend the specialism they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Certificate or the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma programme. Learners may also be able to use the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma to gain partial achievement and have the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding needed in the sector. For adult learners the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma can extend their experience of working in a particular sector. It could also be a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.
Key features of these BTEC qualifications in Health and Social Care The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been developed in the health and social care sector to:
· provide education and training for health and social care employees
· give health and social care employees opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally-specific qualification
· give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the health and social care sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Health and Social Care
· give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
· Qualification credit value: a minimum of 60 credits.
· Minimum credit to be achieved at, or above, the level of the qualification: 80
· Mandatory unit credit: 40 credits.
· Optional unit credit: 20 credits.
· A maximum of 10 optional credits can come from other QCF level 3 BTEC
units to meet local needs.
The selected courses are:
· Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
· Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
· Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
· Development Through the Life Stages
· Values and Planning in Social Care
· Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
· Working in the Social Care Sector
· Nutrition for Health and Social Care
· Infection Prevention and Control