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Health & Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Subsidiary Route) at Harrow College

Course description

This course is suitable for young people, and some adult learners, who wish to study full time and gain a qualification in Health and Social Care in order to progress to Higher Education or employment.

Course content

You will study a number of mandatory and optional units to achieve a total of 120 credits in order to complete the qualification. These are some examples of units you may study:

Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care, Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care, Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care, Sociological and Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care, Infection Prevention and Control and Development through the Life Stages.

Through a mixture of lectures, discussions, group work, practical demonstrations, role play, interactive and online exercises and work experience (currently one day a week in a relevant care setting). You will be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study outside of timetabled classes. You will also need to undertake a mandatory work experience placement in a health and care setting whilst you study - currently one day a week for the entire course.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE passes at Grade C or above to include English and/or Maths (or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications) or a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care (or another relevant field) at Merit or Distinction. Applicants will need to complete an aptitude test, initial diagnostics in English and Maths, have an interview and complete a DBS Police Check and a College declaration form. Any convictions/warnings/reprimands which prevent you from working with children or vulnerable people must be declared as they can prohibit you from successfully completing the compulsory work placement element and can be used to determine your suitability for the course. As learners will be working with vulnerable groups, it is a requirement that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations in line with the UK national immunisation schedule, and in particular that they have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. This will be verified at interview or prior to attending work placement. Working in the Health and Care field is physically demanding and requires learners to have a calm and professional approach as you will be dealing with various vulnerable client groups. You will also need to pass a fitness for practice assessment at interview/prior to enrolment to ensure you are able to complete the compulsory work experience placement on the course, this may require you to provide additional medical information to determine your suitability for the course.


All units are internally assessed and there are no examinations. You will complete assignments for each units and these could include; written essays, written or verbal reports, presentations, roleplays, case studies, observations, quizzes/worksheets, diaries or journals.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

This qualification can help prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a degree programme.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

Pens, paper, ring binder, plastic wallets and a USB memory stick

Additional costs:

DBS check fee of £44 and recommended course text books. Please note that this is compulsory for students to complete the DBS check. Please also note that the price of the DBS check is subject to change and ensure to enquire about this prior to starting the course.

To find out more about this course/qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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