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Health & Social Care BTEC Certificate-Subsidiary Diploma - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

A-level equivalent
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

Are you a good communicator? Caring? Kind? Cool under pressure? Do you want to have a rewarding career and make a difference to people's lives? This course will offer you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully progress on to university or employment in the social care, social work or healthcare sectors.

Gain a real grounding in Health and Social Care theory.


Over the two years, you will cover four key topics:

Human Lifespan Development: You will be introduced to the biological, psychological and sociological theories associated with human lifespan development. This includes, theories of ageing, major life events affecting development and factors affecting an individual's growth and development. You will be assessed by a paper based examination for this unit.

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs: This unit introduces you to the values and skills required for a career in social care or health care. You will explore the ethical issues that may arise and the challenges that will need to be overcome when personalising care. You will be assessed internally by a series of tasks set by your course lecturer.

Working in Health and Social Care: This unit introduces the roles and responsibilities of health and social care practitioners and the organisations they work for. The importance of professions working together is explored to ensure that the individual needs of vulnerable people are met. You will be assessed by a paper based examination for this unit.

Psychological Perspectives: This unit introduces a number of psychological perspectives. You will be encouraged not only to understand them but also apply them a work setting to attempt to explain different types of behaviour in individuals. You will be assessed internally by a series of tasks set by your course lecturer.
Assessment for this qualification is through coursework, assignment tasks and exams; There will be one exam in the first year, followed by one exam in year two. Grading is by Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

For each unit you will have to complete two assessment tasks over the course of the academic year. Assessment tasks include activities such as case studies, personal experience, written reports and essays, presentations and completion of workbooks.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.
This Level 3 qualification is nationally recognised by employers. You will also add to your tally of UCAS points to your passport to university. Some of the degrees that our students have gone on to study include nursing, social work, midwifery, psychology and education.
The team who teach on this programme all have experience of working in health and social care or educational settings.
There will the opportunity to participate in residential trips to see health and social care settings overseas.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What programmes should I study alongside this one?
A: This depends on your career goals; it is a good idea to discuss this with the Advice & Guidance Centre or the Health and Social Care staff.

Q: What personal skills and qualities do I need to succeed in this field?
A: You need to be reasonably confident and able to communicate with a wide range of people as the work experience may involve working with challenging groups. You also need to be able to empathise with individuals who may be very different to yourself.