BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care   

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (Double Option)

Why study the BTEC National Diploma?

This course is designed for students who know that they want to pursue a future career in the Health and Social Care Sector. Students will learn about what it is like to work in the sector and the skills, behaviours and responsibilities that are fundamental to providing high quality care. They will come to appreciate the importance of both safe practice principles and respecting the individual differences and needs of service user.

Students will undertake extended work experience placements which will allow them to apply theory taught into practice and gain anecdotal evidence and exemplar that will aid their understanding of the course.

Students are also given the opportunity to take part in an exchange visit to Sweden, visit local hospitals and benefit from the expertise of visiting sector related speakers.

What will I study?

Students will be studying a range of units that will that will be valuable to a Health and Social Care career path.  These will give students a broad range of sector related knowledge and expertise. The Units studied include:

  • Human Lifespan Development *
  • Working in the Health and Social Care Sector *
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care practice*
  • Meeting Individual care and support needs
  • Work experience in health and social care
  • Principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • Promoting public health
  • Psychological perspectives

How will I study?

Students will study in a variety of ways. This will involve, teacher led- lessons, independent work and research, work experience and group work.  Sector related visits and speakers will also be used to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the course. Students will be expected to undertake the same number of hours of study out of lessons as in lessons.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed over two years through 3 external examinations (*), 5 internal coursework assignments and work experience practice.  All Units are graded Pass(E), Merit(C) and Distinction(A) criteria.  The course is equivalent to 2 A levels.

Entry requirements: to study Double Health and Social Care, you need to have achieved five grade 5s at GCSE, including English and Maths and a Science.