Health & Social Care BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Diploma Level 3

What will I learn?

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level equivalent): Units 1, 2, 5 + 3, 4 & 14

BTEC Diploma (2 A Level equivalent): Units 6, 8, 12, 13 & 22

Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care:
This unit offers you the opportunities to explore and develop skills of effective communication essential for the operation of Health & Social Care services.

Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care:
This unit gives you the opportunity to investigate how equality, diversity & rights are central to the effective operation of Health & Social Care services. You will explore discriminatory practice and its potential effects on service users.

Unit 5 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Social Care:
This unit introduces core knowledge of the structure and function of all the human body systems.

Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care:
This unit will introduce you to health, safety and security issues in the Health & Social Care workplace, identifying potential hazards and discussing how the risks can be reduced.

Unit 4 Development Through Life Stages:
You will gain an understanding of the different life stages and how people grow and develop.

Unit 14 Physiological Disorders:
You will produce two case studies of individuals identifying their signs and symptoms of disorders such as diabetes and hypertension; gaining an insight into how different physiological disorders present themselves.

Unit 6 Personal & Professional Development in Health & Social Care (double unit):
This unit will start in Year One and be completed in Year Two. It provides you with opportunities to reflect on your own learning and development as a Health & Social Care practitioner. You must complete 100 hours of work placement for this unit.

Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care:
You will learn about the psychological approaches to study and be able to apply psychological approaches to Health & Social Care.

Unit 12 Public Health:
You will look at public health strategies and develop and understand current patterns of ill health and factors affecting health in the UK.

Unit 13 Physiology of Fluid Balance:
You will learn about why water is essential for life and the importance of fluid balance within the human body systems.

Unit 22 Research Methodology for Health & Social Care:
Develop an understanding of the role and purpose of research. You will conduct a small-scale research project.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above OR Science (BTEC Lv2 H&S Care or Science at MERIT accepted when combined with only 4 GCSEs at 4) – English GCSE 4 & Maths GCSE 4.

An average GCSE points score of 3.2.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through the completion of tutor-set assignments, which are marked by the course tutors and moderated by the exam board. The final grade will be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*(star).

Additional Learning Opportunities

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including School Experience, Sign Language, Deaf Awareness or First Aid.

Who is this course aimed at?

Students who:

  • are considering a career within the Allied Health Professions
  • wish to develop (through placement experience) the special strengths and qualities needed for work in the health and social care sectors (100 hours of work placement are required for the full Diploma qualification)
  • have a high level of commitment to study and to helping people
  • are willing to embrace a flexible approach to their own learning

What next?

You could move into further study or employment in areas such as nursing and midwifery, social work, nutrition, police and fire services, the Armed Forces or the Probation Service.




  • BTEC Level 3


  • Health & Social Care


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider