Course starts: September 2020

One year – Subsidiary or 90 credit diploma
Two years – Diploma or extended diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course is ideal if you’re thinking of a job within either a health or social care setting. It’s a great introduction to the world of this ever-changing and demanding industry and can help you progress either into a job, or directly to university to study a degree.

You’ll be taught by a variety of teachers from a range of disciplines, and have the chance to complete various work placements in health and social care settings that interest you. You’ll study a vast array of subjects, including social sciences, laws and biological units.

You’ll carry out a minimum of 100 hours of work experience over the two-year course. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate health and social care settings.

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 (grade C), including Maths and English Language or Level 2 Health & Social Care Diploma at Distinction.

This two-year course is aimed at students who know that their future path lies in health or care practice. BTECs are designed to provide specialist, work-related qualifications, giving you the focused, underpinning knowledge to enter the world of health and social care.

A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required so students can attend a work placement. This must be applied for before starting the course or during enrolment.

What will I learn?

  • Gain specialist knowledge and understanding in health and social care
  • Learn best practices for the sector
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Learn from industry practitioners

Work experience

You’ll carry out a minimum of 100 hours work experience over the two year course, in a variety of settings according to your interests.


You’ll study the mandatory units plus selected optional units. Amongst other topics, you’ll examine how practitioners can communicate effectively with a range of service users and make sure that any possible barriers to communication are overcome. You’ll have the opportunity to look at the impact of discrimination upon users of service and how practitioners work to promote anti-discriminatory practice when working in health and care settings. In looking at how to maintain health and safety you will focus on yourself as a worker as well as the users of service and the setting itself.

You’ll look at how individuals develop throughout their life stages and the impact of our anatomy and physiology on health and well-being.

You’ll be taught by teachers from a range of disciplines and learn about psychological, sociological and biological perspectives on health and social care. We investigate users of service of all ages and you will study how practitioners work to maintain the safety and well-being of those they are caring for.


There are four exams which are externally assessed for this course. You’ll be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction for the eight mandatory units studied. Assignments cover a range of assessment methods, such as essays and reports, presentations, videos, discussions, visual displays.

Enrichment opportunities

This is planned on a year-by-year basis according to local opportunities, but we normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of health and social care. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate health and social care settings.

Career and progression

You can apply for positions in a range of care or health services or apply to study at degree level in a related discipline; eg nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy or to become a paramedic.





For me, doing coursework and getting involved in the work experience is a much better way of learning.