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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

The Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care is a qualification which allows you to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding of health and social care related careers in a professional capacity. It will suit those who have an interest in science, child care or working with vulnerable people. It is equivalent to one A Level.

Course content

Three mandatory units will be taught along with optional units to cover the required credits needed. The mandatory units are ‘Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care’, ‘Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care’ and ‘Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care’. The optional units cover a wide range of topics including Development through the Life Stages and Caring for Children and Young People.

Entry requirements

GCSE Core Science at grade C or BTEC Applied Science at Merit or higher. Preferably BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care at Merit or higher (but not essential).


You will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of evidence. This may be written, audio, visual or through presentations and role plays. There are currently no exams in this course and you will purely be assessed on coursework.

Future opportunities

On completion of this course you will be suited to progress to study for a further education course in Health and Social Care, a health and social care related degree or training or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.