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Health & Social Care - BTEC Extended Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

You will need to meet the level 3 BTEC entry requirements.

Course Introduction:

The BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) is equivalent to 3 A levels. It is designed to give you a firm grounding in Health and Social Care, helping you to learn the skills and abilities required for work or future study in all aspects of care, health or people-centred work. The course includes theory and practical sessions and a work experience placement.

Course Modules:

You will have a mixture of classroom-based lessons, group work, practical sessions, group and individual visits, and the chance for independent study. You will also undertake a work experience placement in a Health & Social Care setting.

In a typical lesson you will be taught relevant theories and background knowledge, which you will then apply to a real H&SC setting, client group or situation you are researching, whether real or a case study. These modules give you the opportunity to focus upon specific areas that interest you.

Students will take the following eight units (subject to change)

  • Effective Communication
  • Anatomy & Physiology for H&SC
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights in H&SC
  • Sociological Perspectives for H&SC
  • Health, Safety & Security
  • Psychological Perspectives for H&SC
  • Development through the Life Stages
  • Professional & Personal Development in H&SC (work experience)

Extended Diploma students must also study 10 specialist units. We have a choice of 31 different specialist units and will select from them based on staff expertise and which are most appropriate for students’ needs and interests. This will ensure the course is varied and interesting.


This course is 100% coursework.

Career Opportunities:

BTEC Health & Social Care combines well with all AS and A level subjects. Candidates considering a degree in nursing or midwifery sometimes opt to take a science-based A level. With one of a range of National Curriculum subjects at A level, it supports applications for teacher training or social work. Health & Social Care provides the basis for a broad range of university courses, whether in Social Science, Education, Health Studies or other subjects.

BTEC Health and Social Care helps you to develop transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for, this course can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities including further training in such areas as social work and caring.