Accessibility links

Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 3 at Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

Year 12 Content

In Year 12 you will be required to complete a total of six units.  These units will include the Mandatory Units that you will be required to complete for the successful completion of the course.

Units include:

  • 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

Year 13 Content

In Year 13, you will move on to more specialist units that will deepen your knowledge of the key values that underpin the Health and Social Care industry.

You will also be required to work independently but with sufficient guidance on the Unit 6 which is Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care where you would have to showcase your learning and skills that you have acquired over the two years of study.

Units include:

  • Unit 10: Caring for Children and Young People
  • Unit 14: Physiological disorders in health and social care
  • Unit 20: Promoting Health Education
  • Unit 43: Technological Services in Health and Education

Entry requirements

  • Students require five GCSE’s A*- C to include a grade C or above in English and Maths. 
  • Additionally students should have a Merit grade in Level 2 Health and Social Care, Childcare and Development, or a related course of study, or a grade C in a related GCSE.


The qualification is based on 100% internally assessed coursework, so no exams! However it is mandatory that you participate successfully in work experience placement within two different Health and Social Care settings.

All the units that make up the qualification will be graded either at the level of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Achieving a Pass for each unit means you have shown the knowledge and skills required to cover the Pass criteria for the units. This may be through presentations, descriptions and case studies.

At Merit Level, you will add more depth and explanations to your work to show your deeper understanding.

At Distinction Level your work shows you can make judgments, justify your ideas and come to clear conclusions.

You can obtain different grades for the different units e.g. you could achieve a Pass for Unit 1 but achieve a Merit for Unit 2 and so on.  Your overall grade will depend on how you have performed across all of the units and how many Credits you have accrued. 

Future opportunities

Studying Health and Social Care at Level 3 will give you more in-depth knowledge about the Health and Social Care industry and open up more job opportunities for you in a more supervisory role.

This can include team leaders in Nursery work, Support work or Health Assistant work. This will also count towards your UCAS points to go into Higher Education for degrees in areas such as; Nursing, Child Care, Counsellor, Social Workers, Care Managers, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Translator, Nutritional Therapist, Physiotherapist, Youth support work and Teaching.

Further information

Additional Skills required for a Career in Health and Social Care

Whilst Health and Social Care qualifications are important for many careers, it is important to realise that qualifications in subjects such as Maths and English are often important.

Often Health and Social Care professionals need to keep records and write reports, as well as explain ideas and work within teams.

Depending on the job, employers may look for commercial awareness, communication skills, creativity, organisation skills and IT competence.

All these skills are likely to be gained from gaining a good qualification in a range of subjects and from participation in work experience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • We believe that Sixth Form courses should be a preparation for your higher education course or career. During your course discussion meeting for a place at Harris Sixth Form, you will be asked about your future plans to ensure the course you are starting will fit with these aspirations.

      During your course of study our careers consultant will advise you about applying for higher education, application forms, entry qualifications and career prospects. Sixth form tutors will assist in writing CVs.

      If you would rather start your career after Harris then the careers consultant will provide advice, mock interviews and help with completion of application forms and CVs.