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Health & Social Care BTEC

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What is BTEC Health & Social Care?

You will focus on health care, which looks at the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of health conditions, illness and injuries, and also social care, studying the care, protection or support for individuals who are at risk or in need.  

If you are an approachable, trustworthy and enthusiastic person, this course may be for you. 

What Will You Study?

All students will study: 

  • Human Lifespan Development  
  • Care Values  
  • Working in Health and Social Care  
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs  

If you are studying the Diploma or Extended Diploma you will also study:  

  • Work Experience (minimum of 100 hours in settings)  
  • Principles in Safe Practice  
  • Promoting Public Health  
  • Enquiries in current research  

In addition to all of the above, if you are studying the Extended Diploma you will also study:  

  • Anatomy and Physiology  
  • Nutrition  
  • Infection Prevention and Control  
  • Physiological Disorders  

Reading List

  • Aldworth, C., Matthews, N., Hocking, S. (2016). BTEC National Health and Social Care Student Book 2. London: Pearson Education Limited
  • Beckett, C. Taylor, H. (2019). Human Growth and Development 4th ed. London: Sage Publications Inc
  • Billingham, M., Davenport, P., Haworth, E., Matthews, N., Talman, H.,  Stretch, B., (2016). BTEC National Health and Social Care Student Book 1. London: Pearson Education Limited
  • Mackereth, C., Brown, J. (2015). Promoting Public Health and Mental Wellbeing: Principles into Practice. 8th ed. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Moule, P. (2018). Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care. London: Sage Publications Inc
  • Walsh, M. (2016). Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care: An ABC Guide for Students. London: Createspace Independent Pub
  • Walsh, M. (2016). Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs: An ABC Guide for Students. London: Createspace Independent Pub

What Next after Health and Social Care BTEC?

Studying Health and Social Care will allow you to apply for higher education courses and supports progression in to the following areas:

Extended diploma (human biology focus):  

  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health) 
  • Midwifery*
  • Physiotherapy*
  • Occupational Therapy* 
  • Paramedic Practice*
  • Radiographer*
  • Podiatrist*

*please check the entry requirements for each university as some will require science as a separate subject 

The Diploma or Extended Certificate, combined with other relevant subjects supports:

  • Social care 
  • Social work 
  • Counselling 
  • Speech and Language Therapist 
  • Health care worker

Alternatively, you may choose to progress into a related apprenticeship or training position or study another subject at a degree level. 

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE including at least a 4 in English Language or Maths.  

NOTE: Completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service Application (DBS) is compulsory as gaining work experience with a range of vulnerable client groups is an essential requirement of the diploma and extended diploma courses.  

Course Type

BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level 
BTEC Diploma, this is equivalent to 2 A-Levels 
BTEC Extended Diploma, this is equivalent to 3 A-Levels

Assessment is via a mixture of coursework and external assessments.

What other subjects go well with this subject?

BTEC Applied Science, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Criminology and Core Maths.  

Have you considered a Mixed Programme? Find out more about the combination of courses you can study at Newman but clicking here.  

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