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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at West Lakes Academy

Course description

BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2 level equivalent): This level 3 qualification consists of three core units plus three optional specialist units that you will study over two years.

The units you will study are:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Health, Safety & Security
  • Development through Life Stages
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sociological & Psychological Perspectives

During the course you will complete two weeks in a work based placement, these range from settings such as hospitals and residential care homes to primary schools.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C (minimum grade 4 in English and GCSE C in science). At least a B/merit in health and social care if taken at GCSE


Your new BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace - and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

The range of vocational assessments - both practical and written - means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

Future opportunities

This course is designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification. The course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering the various health and social professions.

This qualification uses work experience as a focal point and enables learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care.

As a vocational course, a health and social care qualification enables you to continue your studies in further or higher education, university courses include nursing, social work, teaching, midwifery and many more. Or alternatively you may start a career in the caring professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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