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BTEC Heath and Social Care Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

Health and Social Care links well with other subjects at Level 3, such as Biology, Psychology, Law and Sport, and provides a pathway into a variety of higher education and degree courses. The course will raise awareness amongst students of the range of rewarding career opportunities that exist across the health and social care sector.

The BTEC National in Health and Social Care has been developed in the health and social care sector to provide a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification.  It gives full time students an opportunity to progress onto higher education or to enter employment in the health and social care sector through developing a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A-level) consists of three mandatory units and six units chosen by the college; the Diploma (equivalent to two A-levels) consists of eight compulsory units and four units chosen by the college.

Course content

During the two year course students will study from three to eight compulsory units dependent on the qualification chosen:

  • 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
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Development  through the life stages
  • Sociological perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological perspectives for Health and Social Care


Currently all BTEC Nationals are assessed internally through centre marked assignments.

Students can achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grading on each unit. The final grade is an aggregate of all the unit grades.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years