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Health & Social Care - Subsidiary Diploma at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care (One A Level)

Course content

This course consists of six units studied over the two years. The core units are compulsory, however, the optional units will be chosen by the department depending on the needs of the cohort and the teaching specialisms of that year. Some optional units have been listed below.

Core units:

• Unit 1: Developing effective communication in health and social care.

• Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights

• Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care

Optional units:

• Physiological disorders

• Development through the life stages

• Careers in the health sector

• Public health

• Creative and therapeutic activities

• Counselling

Entry requirements

Students must have an interest in studying health and social care, and a good standard of literacy is required. A level 2 pass in health and social care is preferable if studied previously and a grade C in English and science would provide students with a good foundation for studying the course.


All units are assessed through the completion of assignments. These will be both internally and externally assessed.

Future opportunities

Students with a level 3 extended certificate in health and social care have progressed onto studying allied health professional courses and nursing. Many have also gone into healthcare and some have gained apprenticeships in schools and nurseries. There are many learners who have gone on to study degrees in history, law and media.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

This course is a vocational course and the aim is to consider the theory taught and understand how it can be applied in a health and social care context. Students will be given assignment briefs for each unit and be required to complete a range of activities from role plays to reports that will help them to achieve the assessment criteria.

In order to be successful, students will need:

• Good communication skills- both written and verbal.

• Note making skills.

• Presentation skills.

• Creativity.

• A willingness to participate in role plays and mock interviews/meetings.

• Independent learning skills.

• An ability to respond to feedback.

• Good ICT skills.

• An ability to work with a range of individuals.

What other subjects compliment Health and Social Care?

Health and social care is a diverse subject that has many cross curricular links. Many students who study this often choose a humanity, for example religious studies or a social science such as sociology or psychology. These subjects complement health and social care as there is a similar skill and knowledge base.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught by the core teachers of health and social care and will have one teacher for each unit that you study. Sometimes, a specialist teacher will deliver a particular unit. Students will complete a range of activities to develop knowledge of the unit. This will help them to feel prepared for tackling the assignments given. Depending on the unit studied, students will be required to complete between one to four assignments for each unit. There is also a work experience component attached to this course. If students make good progress and remain on track throughout the course, in year 13 they may be given the opportunity to increase the qualification to a diploma.

Student Testimonial, why study Health and Social Care?

I chose to study health and social care because of the opportunity to excel in a whole range of occupational groups such as health work and education. Studying health and social care at key stage 5 has enabled me to gain transferable skills in particular, presenting ideas and arguments verbally. These skills are used in formal presentations and seminars as well as informal discussions in a variety of environments. I would highly recommend this subject to students because it broadens your knowledge of social sciences, health and communication which is relevant to the society we live in today. Elisha Kular

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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