Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma Health and Social Care


If you are interested in caring for people you will find this course challenging and interesting. The qualification will provide you with the knowledge, attitudes and skills which are essential in any career working with people. The course will prepare you to understand how to provide the best possible service and care to people of all ages and with widely differing needs.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma

Course length

Level 3 BTEC Certificate: one year Subsidiary Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The full course consists of units including:

  • communication in Health and Social Care
  • equality and diversity
  • health and safety
  • lifespan development
  • public health

On the course you will:

  • take part in group discussions
  • work in teams to research and develop a variety of topics
  • build on your analytical and evaluative skills

Method of assessment

There are three units:

Mandatory: There is one externally assessed unit and one internally assessed unit. The optional unit is internally assessed.

What will I be able to progress to?

Depending on your other A-level choices, this subject will prepare you for a wide range of degree level courses. Many students progress to study Nursing, Social Care and other health-related subjects at university. You may choose to apply for a job or work experience within the Health and Social Care sector.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to an A-level.