Health and Social Care (BTEC)

BTEC Nationals Extended Diploma


You will have the opportunity to work towards three A levels over a two year course made up of both exams and coursework (60% coursework, 40% exams). Units you will cover include:

Year 1 – physiological disorders (coursework), human lifespan (exam), caring for people with additional needs (coursework), meeting care and support needs (coursework), work experience (coursework), working in health and social care (exam) and principles of safe practice (coursework).

Year 2 – work experience write up, anatomy and physiology (exam), promoting public health (coursework), understanding mental wellbeing (coursework), assessing children’s development support needs (coursework), nutritional health (coursework) and an exam in current health and social care research.


Do you have a desire to help people? This course is for those who can see themselves working with a range of different people such as those with mental health needs, vulnerable adults or children, learning difficulties, caring for the elderly or disabled, or those who have had an accident or experienced trauma. The health and social care sector employs vast numbers of people across the country within a varied range of job roles with the workforce totalling around 3 million people. Many careers involve meeting the needs of people across all life stages and with varying levels of needs.

As a student of Health and Social Care you will develop your intellectual, interpersonal, self monitoring and critical thinking capabilities through a varied and personalised curriculum. The transferable skills that universities value and ones you will develop over the two year course will be:

1. The ability to learn independently
2. The ability to research actively and methodically
3. Being able to give presentations and being active group members
4. Collaborate within the local community during work experience placements

This course is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme.


This provides a strong base for progression to apprenticeships, work or university.


Mental health nursing, social worker, paramedic, children’s nurse, teacher, play worker, child protection, dementia support, health promotion, adult nursing, counsellor, therapist, A&E nurse, care work (learning difficulties, elderly, dementia).

Additional Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSE’s grade 4 or above including English.

Opportunities for work related activities

Visiting professionals, guest speakers and work experience placements.