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Health and Social Care BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Health and Social Care is suited to students who wish to pursue a career in a health related profession. This course offers the opportunity to develop skills through voluntary practical work placements as well as academic knowledge.

Course content

The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, these will include: classroom learning, practical activities, external speakers, guest speakers and individual study.

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in HSC This unit requires students to show evidence of sound communication skills, both in a one to one and a group linked to a health and social care setting.

Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in HSC This unit explores these issues particularly looking at how to ensure anti-discriminatory practices are central to care settings.

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in HSC This unit explores legislation, codes of practice and charters that ensure all service users and staff are kept safe.

Unit 4: Development through the Life Stages You will be able to develop an understanding of both the physical and psychological changes of ageing and be able to apply theories of ageing to health and social care provision

Unit 10: Caring for Children & Young People You will gain an understanding of the risks to children and young people of abusive and exploitative behaviour and the strategies used to safeguard them from this behaviour.

Unit 21: Nutrition for HSC This unit you will gain an understanding of current thinking on nutritional health particularly relating to users of health and social care services.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 A-C at GCSE including English.


This course is 100% coursework assessed. Coursework is internally assessed and then externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the course, you might use the UCAS points alongside your other courses to get onto a degree course connected to the Health and Social Care sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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