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Health and Social Care BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

The course is available only as a single award at the Merton campus.

Course content

Year 12: Mandatory units:

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

In Year 13, you will move on to more specialist units that will deepen your knowledge of the key values that underpin the Health and Social Care industry. You will also be required to work independently but with sufficient guidance on the Unit 6 which is Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care where you would have to showcase your learning and skills that you have acquired over the two years of study.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require five GCSE’s A*- C to include a grade C or above in English and Maths.  Additionally students should have a Merit grade in Level 2 Health and Social Care, Childcare and Development, or a related course of study, or a grade C in a related GCSE.


The qualification is based on 100% internally assessed coursework, so no exams! However it is mandatory that you participate successfully in work experience placement within two different Health and Social Care settings.

All the units that make up the qualification will be graded either at the level of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Achieving a Pass for each unit means you have shown the knowledge and skills required to cover the Pass criteria for the units. This may be through presentations, descriptions and case studies.
  • At Merit Level, you will add more depth and explanations to your work to show your deeper understanding.
  • At Distinction Level your work shows you can make judgments, justify your ideas and come to clear conclusions.

You can obtain different grades for the different units e.g. you could achieve a Pass for Unit 1 but achieve a Merit for Unit 2 and so on.  Your overall grade will depend on how you have performed across all of the units and how many Credits you have accrued. 

Future opportunities

Studying Health and Social Care at Level 3 will give you more in-depth knowledge about the Health and Social Care industry and open up more job opportunities for you in a more supervisory role. This can include team leaders in Nursery work, Support work or Health Assistant work. This will also count towards your UCAS points to go into Higher Education for degrees in areas such as; Nursing, Child Care, Counsellor, Social Workers, Care Managers, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Translator, Nutritional Therapist, Physiotherapist, Youth support work and Teaching.

Whilst Health and Social Care qualifications are important for many careers, it is important to realise that qualifications in subjects such as Maths and English are often important. Often Health and Social Care professionals need to keep records and write reports, as well as explain ideas and work within teams. Depending on the job, employers may look for commercial awareness, communication skills, creativity, organisation skills and IT competence. All these skills are likely to be gained from gaining a good qualification in a range of subjects and from participation in work experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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