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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

Lessons in this subject will be interactive; you will gain more from this course if you are prepared to take an active part in discussions and class activities. There will be opportunities for current practitioners and university students to come in to class and share their real-life experiences. This will make the subject realistic, meaningful and varied. You will also undertake voluntary work in the Health and Social Care sector to assist you with your studies.

Students will complete the compulsory units first before attempting the optional units.

Course content

The BTEC Health and Social Care course is a two year course that covers many aspects of Health and Social Care. This is an exciting course where students research and investigate a variety of relevant topics related to the ever changing world of the Health and Social Care sector of industry.

The content of the course has a vocational setting to give students a good understanding of the work carried out in this area. You will be expected to undertake relevant work experience in the Health and Social Care sector to assist with your studies. The qualification is equivalent to one A’ Level.

Compulsory Units:
Unit One – Developing Effecting Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit Two – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
Unit Three – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Optional Units:
Unit 10 – Caring for Children and Young People
Unit 21 – Nutrition for Health and Social Care
Unit 48 – Exploring Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

5A*- C, preferably including grade C in English GCSE


All units will be assessed through coursework tasks. There are no examinations for any of the units. Students will complete each unit and be graded pass, merit or distinction based on successful completion of tasks.

Future opportunities

Health and Social Care is a good choice to study alongside other A Levels if you are thinking of any career that involves working with people. These include amongst others, Nursing (Adult, Mental Health and Paediatric), Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Health, Social Work, Primary Teaching, Early Years, Police and Youth Work. Some students will study for this qualification purely for the interest they have in this fascinating subject.

It will equip you with a range of transferable skills including team working, organisation, presentation, effective communication, working to deadlines, time-management, independence and initiative; all very valuable to both universities and employees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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