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BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at The Downs School

Course description

We currently offer the opportunity to study a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care – equivalent to an A Level qualification. In the UK, Health and Social Care is a broad term that relates to integrated services that are available from Health and Social Care providers.

This Health and Social Care course combines elements of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Nutrition, Law and Ethics. All students studying Health and Social Care will be expected to have a work placement alongside their academic studies; such as a placement in a nursery, residential home, hospital or other caring establishments.

Course content

The BTEC is a practical course and students will be expected to take part in a number of assessments throughout the course, these will include;

 Group/Paired discussions

 Class debates

 Student presentations

 Research projects

 Role play

 Replication of studies

 Independent study/reading

 Extended writing

 Log book completion

Entry requirements

4 GCSE‟s at GRADE C or above to include at least 1 Science (preferably Biology) at GRADE C and English at GRADE C.


Mandatory Units (3)  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

Specialist Units (4)  Development Through the Life Stages  Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care  Nutrition for Health & Social Care

All coursework based.

Future opportunities

Studying Health & Social Care can lead to further study and a range of career opportunities, such as; Advice Worker, Personal Advisor, Charity Officer, Civil Service Administrator, Counsellor, FE Lecturer, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Service Manager, Local Government Administrator, Nutritional Therapist, Physiotherapist, Probation officer, Social worker, Lifestyle Consultant, Nurse, Health Care Assistant, Care Support Worker, Learning Support Assistant, Nursery Worker.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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