Health & Social Care

This is course information for 2019 entry (which we are no longer enrolling for). An update for 2020 entry will follow soon.
(BTEC Subsidiary Diploma – 2 year course, equivalent to 1 A Level)

Health & Social CareThe course studies a range of units relating to different aspects of health and social care.

Course Outline

Year 1:
Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care – considers theories and interactions with service users.
Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care – identifies and explores the diversity in society.
Unit 10: Caring for Children and Young people – identifies the needs associated with caring for Children and Young people.

Year 2:
Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care – identifies the current legislation and its application within Health and Social Care.
Unit 4: Development through the Life Stages – explores the stages of Human Development.
Unit 9: Values & Planning in Social Care – explores how social care professionals support service users who have additional needs.


100% coursework
No examinations
Examining Board – Edexcel.
Each of the units will be assessed by 3 or 4 pieces of coursework. The coursework will be handed in as each unit progresses. This 6 unit qualification is the equivalent of one full A Level. Grades are awarded on Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

Special Entry Requirements

Our standard A level entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

This course is equivalent to 1 A level. On completion of this qualification you will be be able to apply directly to Universities of your choice to enrol on courses to become nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists, social workers or a range of other career pathways associated with this subject area. Please note that for some of these careers, having achieved at Science GCSE may be necessary.

Teaching Methods

These may be in a variety of formats from essay style through to presentations of research. A variety of teaching methods and learning experiences will be used ranging from classroom based activities through to visiting specialist speakers.

Links to External Organisations

Students will have the opportunity through vocational learning experience to interact with the health, social care and early years sectors. There are also opportunities to develop knowledge of Higher Education through yearly organised activities.

Complementary Subjects or Enrichments

Subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology and the range of English subjects compliment the type of study required by this course. Students are encouraged to take voluntary work experience through the enrichment programme.

Other Information

Work experience is an integral part of the course in order to implement the theories. This takes place at a set time in the timetable to enhance the students learning experience and development.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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