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Health and Social Care BTEC Certificate - Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Are you a good communicator? Caring? Kind? Cool under pressure? Do you want to have a rewarding career and make a difference to people's lives? This course will offer you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully progress on to university or employment in the social care, social work or healthcare sectors.

Course content

Over the two years, you will cover a wide range of important and relevant topics. These include:

  • Communication- how the context affects interpersonal interactions, theories of communication as well as an introduction to a wide variety of factors and strategies that affect communication in practice.
  • Development across life stages- Theories of ageing, human development , life events that affect individuals and life factors.
  • Health, Safety and Security- Knowledge of hazards, learning about risk assessments
  • Equality and Diversity - Understanding factors that lead to discrimination, learning about embedding equality into Health and Social Care practice.
  • There will be two other optional units- these depend on the lecturer specialism.
  • You will not need to take exams during this programme. Instead, you will be assessed on your assignments and coursework. You will, however, have the valuable opportunity to complete a period of work experience to evaluate how you perform in a real care setting.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above or equivalent, including English Language and Maths. You may be asked to complete a communication assessment. You will have to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB) prior to entry on to this qualification.


Assessment for both these qualifications is through coursework and assignment tasks and there is a possibility there may be an exam. 

For each unit you will have to complete three-five assessment tasks over the course of the academic year. Each piece of work is then marked by the unit lecturer who gives you feedback so you can resubmit your work. Assessment tasks include activities such as case studies, written reports, presentations and completion of workbooks.

Future opportunities

This Level 3 qualification is nationally recognised by employers. You will also add to your tally of UCAS points to your passport to university. Some of the degrees that our students have gone on to study include nursing, social work, psychology and education.

Further information

The team who teach on this programme all have experience of working in health and social care or educational settings. You are required to work as a volunteer in a health or social care setting of your choice and need a CRB check for this. We will help you find and set up this placement.

Q. What programmes should I study alongside this one?
A. This depends on your career goals, and it is a good idea to discuss with the guidance centre or the Health and Social Care staff.

Q. What personal skills and qualities do I need to succeed in this field? 
A. You need to be reasonably confident and able to communicate with a wide range of people as the work experience may involve working with challenging groups. You also need to be able to empathise with individuals who may be very different to yourself.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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