BTEC Health and Social Care

Why should I study this subject?

These courses are specialist qualifications for students who wish to enter into a career in Health and Social Care. The Extended Diploma is a vocational qualification equivalent to THREE A-Levels, this is a full time course. The Diploma is equivalent to TWO A-Levels. The Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent to ONE A-Level.

The Extended Diploma course includes a compulsory work placement unit.

What will I study?

You will study the following core units over the two years of the course;

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs


Your award will be completed by studying additional units, some of which include;

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Personal and professional development – this unit is based on your work placements
  • Sociological perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Psychological perspectives in Health and Social Care


What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

What skills do I need?

You need to be:

Able to retain information and apply this to exams. Be self-disciplined and willing to work on assignments in your own time. Be able to plan your time effectively to meet different deadlines. Be able to work independently and in an organised way and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

How will I be taught?

Internally and externally, internally is coursework marked by teaching staff. Externally is an exam marked by BTEC.


Extended certificate – 2 external assessments

Diploma – 3 external assessments

Extended Diploma – 4 external assessments

How will I be assessed?

100% coursework

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will allow you to progress to a career in Health and Social Care and onto further study at university.

How much private study should I expect to do?

You will be expected to do at least 6 hours private study a week.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Pens, paper, lever arch folder, plastic wallets. For work placements you are expected to buy a college polo shirt.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are self-motivated, you like doing coursework and you are interested in working with people.

This subject is not for you if…
you do not perform well in exams, you find it hard to be organised and you leave everything to the last minute.

“Health and Social Care is a great course! I liked doing the health promotion campaign when we worked as a team to present our ideas. There is a lot of coursework to do but if you are organised it is okay.”
Eleanor Wagner, Kings School

“The course is really interesting and I am enjoying the variety of different modules. I particularly liked finding and attending my own work placement, I think the course gives you a good understanding of what a career in Health and Social Care would be like”
Amber Santafield, Shafton ALC