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Health & Social Care - BTEC Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

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

Course Introduction:

The BTEC Diploma (NQF) is equivalent to 2 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. It is particularly aimed at students who are interested in a career in this area, including nursing/midwifery, community care, social work, or in teaching.

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 H&SC 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 courses give you the opportunity to focus upon specific areas that interest you.

Students must take the following eight units:

  • 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)

Diploma students must also study four 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 & 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. The variety of units studied provides students with a wide range of experiences and abilities, suitable for many different subjects.

You may choose to use your qualifications to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because BTEC Health and Social Care helps you to develop the 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 as well as many other areas of work, particularly those which involve working with people.