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Health and Social Care - BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care course is designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification; this course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering nursing or any of the paramedical occupations.

Course content

Course content:

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care consists ofthree mandatory units providing a total of 180 guided learning hours (30 credits)plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 360 guided learning hours (GLH) or 60 credits for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units include:


  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care - This unit aims to enable learners to understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will give learners the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed to embark on a career within the health or social care sectors.
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care - This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. Learners will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combatting this. They will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care - This unit aims to enable learners to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. They will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment.


Optional units will be chosen from

  • Exploring Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care -This unit aims for learners to understand different ways in which learning can take place and how learning from individual experiences can be used to enhance the quality of knowledge, skills and practice. Learners will be able to explore concepts of learning and relate these to their own preferred learning styles and other factors that influence their learning.
  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Development Through the Life Stages

Entry requirements

To study BTEC courses at Thornleigh Sixth Form we expect students to have an interest in the subject they wish to follow. Students must also have demonstrated the ability to complete large amounts of portfolio work in the past and also have a minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C.



  • A portfolio of work
  • Internally assessed course-work
  • Work placement evidence

Future opportunities

The opportunity to further progress onto Health & Social care courses including the BTEC National Diploma.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 22 months