This is a two year vocational course (equivalent to two A Levels).  It is an exciting subject for students who are interested in working with people in a wide variety of settings. Students have the opportunity to study the subject in-depth and the content is varied and interesting.

The Diploma course is ideally suited to anyone who is contemplating a career in the industry. Students will study in a positive, creative and friendly environment where they will be motivated and feel confident to express empathy, and demonstrate an understanding of people with a diverse range of  needs.

What goes well with this course?

Health & Social Care goes well with many subjects, particularly:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • PE/Sport
  • English
  • Biology


Health & Social Care students may decide to take up a place at university studying one of a number of subject-related degrees. Popular courses include Nursing, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Teaching.

A qualification in Health & Social Care will help provide essential knowledge of the industry and help prepare students for Higher Education or the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Human Lifespan Development (assessed via written exam)
  • Working in Health & Social Care (assessed via written exam)
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care (set and marked externally)
  • Meeting Individual Core & Support Needs (set and marked internally)
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care (set and marked internally)
  • Promoting Public Health (set and marked internally)

In addition students study two optional units.

The learning experience is enhanced through work experience (up to 100 hours), attending talks from visiting professionals, visiting exhibitions, conferences and health fairs. Teaching methods vary from discussion, independent research projects to multi-media applications. 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years these have included:

  • A visit to Canine Partners charity in Heyshott
  • A visit to St. Piers School (for autism and epilepsy) in Lingfield
  • A Health Fair run by Reigate College’s Health & Social Care students. The students actively take part in the Health Fair along with visiting professionals
  • A visit to Gunther von Hagen’s ‘Body Worlds’ exhibition which supported the students’ studies of Anatomy and Physiology
  • The ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ presentation at the Dorking Halls, that included a talk by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service on ‘Safer Driving’
  • Hands-on experience in baby care where students were given the opportunity to take home a ‘Ready or Not Tot’, an interactive baby manikin

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


The course is assessed by internally and externally assessed coursework and external examinations (see Course Content for details).

The exam board for this BTEC Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at  Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.  In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades: 

  • Grade 4 in a numerate subject such as Maths or Science, and
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care will also be considered. Students on this course should be: 

  • Interested in the care industry
  • Able to carry out independent research
  • Able to meet coursework deadlines

Students should enjoy working with others, have good verbal and written communication skills and be computer literate. The ability to plan and organise their own learning is also important.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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