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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

The qualification will give an understanding of the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to provide you with the common core principles of health and social care enabling progression to employment or higher level education. This qualification is designed to be flexible so that it reflects individual career aspirations, therefore making it possible to enter a specific vocation or to explore more specialist aspects of job roles within the sector.

Course content

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A level and gains UCAS Tariff points in the same way. This is a 2 year course but if half of the course is completed (one year of study) students may be awarded a Certificate, which is equivalent to an AS level. Certificate The following topic areas are covered in the first year of study: Development through the Life Stages; Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care; Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care. The topics cover all areas of the sector, health, children, people with specific needs and the elderly. Subsidiary Diploma In the second year of study you will be covering the following: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care; Values and Planning in Social Care; Caring for children and young people.

Entry requirements

The normal 5 A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses.


Each unit is an assignment which is assessed and graded by your teacher. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit, Distinction..

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification would be able to apply to university to study at a higher level. With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a variety of potential careers that you can explore, all of which will benefit from your studies, for example: care worker, health care assistant or occupational health nurse.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years