Health & Social Care

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or any other related vocational area (i.e. Public Services) at level 2 Pass.  All students are required to undertake a Disclosure, Barring Service (DBS) check during the course, and a clear DBS is a pre-requisite of the course as this is required for one of the units.


About This Course

We are offering the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, equivalent to 3 A Levels. This qualification is designed to be a qualification completed over a two–year, full-time study programme; it is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector. It supports progression to health and social care related degrees, such as midwifery, paramedics, social work and many other related jobs and professions.


Course Content & Assessment

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to three A Levels and comprises of 13 units of which 8 are Mandatory and 4 are externally assessed.

Learners will study the following eight mandatory units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care (Synoptic - Exam)
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

Optional units in the general pathway include:

  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia
  • Assessing Children’s Development Needs
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Nutritional Health
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care

Extended Diplomas include mandatory work experience placements of a minimum of 100 hours alongside unit 6.


What could this course lead to?

The BTEC National Extended Diploma is a 2-year qualification, meaning that learners will complete 13 units, which will fully prepare them for a range of health and social care degree programmes or jobs within the profession. The qualification carries a minimum of 48 UCAS points and a maximum 168 UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example: BSc (Hons) in Nursing, BA (Hons) in Social Work, BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy, BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care and any other health related or higher education qualification.

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