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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

The Health and Social Care course is a coursework based course with no exams and has been designed particularly for students who are considering working with people in a variety of health and social care contexts e.g. nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, paramedic or social worker.



Course content

In Year 1 you will study units 1, 3 and 21 for the Level 3 Certificate (equivalent to one AS Level). In Year 2, you will study units 2, 5, 7 and 8 to complete the full Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level).

  • 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
  • Unit 5: Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 7: Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 8: Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 21: Nutrition for Health and Social Care


Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English Language
  • You should enjoy reading and thinking about challenging ideas


  • You will need to summarise ideas and produce comprehensive notes
  • You will need to evaluate arguments and share your understanding with others
  • You will need to be able to innovatively answer the criteria in a variety of mediums e.g. power points, displays, short essays, posters, leaflets etc


Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for students who want to progress to university and study Health and Social Care related subjects, such as Midwifery or Nursery. Some students choose to move into apprenticeships or employment particularly related to child, health or social care.

Further information

No specialist knowledge or experience is required to start this course. All materials will be supplied, although the use of additional texts is always recommended. Use of the college library, Internet and journals is encouraged. Lessons will incorporate note-taking, discussion, reporting on video clips and regular homework.

Health and Social Care combines well with almost any other subject and the content of the qualification has been devised on the assumption that students will take it alongside other science-based subjects such as Biology, Psychology or Sociology.

Health screening and Criminal Record Bureau Checks will need to be completed for work placements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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