Health & Social Care (BTEC)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health & Social Care

Why study the subject?

The programme will give an understanding of the knowledge and skills of health and social care, enabling progression to employment, training or higher education.

It is also ideal for those who are unsure of specific potential career pathways.

Course Content

The mandatory core units consist of Developing Effective Communication, Equality, Diversity & Rights and Health, Safety & Security in Health and Social Care. You will also study three optional specialist units: Personal and Professional Development, Public Health and Development through the Life Stages. BTEC courses such as this enable you to progress straight into employment.

If successful, there are a variety of potential careers that you can explore, all of which will benefit from your studies, for example: care worker, health care assistant or nurse. It is possible for you to progress further into higher education. BTEC qualifications also give UCAS points for university qualifications. Studying Health and Social Care you should also be prepared to undertake work placements in a variety of health and social care settings.

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is normally studied over two years and is equivalent to one GCE A Level. A BTEC Certificate is equivalent to one GCE AS Level and can be completed in one year.


There are no examinations and all assessment is assignment based and ongoing. Deadlines set by tutors need to be met in order for students to progress and reach the higher grades. Students will either gain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* depending on the criteria of each particular unit and assignment brief.