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BTEC Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma

Health and Social Care

What is Health and Social Care?

Health and Social Care is a course for anyone interested in working with people of a variety of ages and in a range of settings. This could range from babies or children, people with special needs or learning difficulties, families and young people, to the elderly. If you have an approachable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and compassionate nature, this course may be for you!

What Will You Study?

As part of the course you will study a range of mandatory and additional units to make up the size of the qualification that you have chosen. Mandatory units include Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health & Social Care, Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs, and Promoting Public Health.

As part of the Diploma and Extended Diploma courses you will also get the chance to complete a minimum of 100 placement hours in a range of settings.

If you apply for the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care you will have the opportunity to be considered for the NHS Careers Plus course.

This is a bespoke course for those interested in working with people of a variety of ages and in a hospital setting. Learners will be studying the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care alongside a 2-day placement within the NHS, through Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

NHS Careers Plus is a unique opportunity to work closely with health professionals and a range of client groups.

What Next?

Studying Health and Social Care will enable you to progress into Higher Education to pursue many different careers including – Adult, Children or Mental Health Nursing, Radiography, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health Degrees, Midwifery and many more!

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

Course Type

BTEC Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Children’s Play, Learning and Development, BTEC Applied Science, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

Did you know?

Each month, 23 million people (more than three times the population of London) visit their GP surgery or practice nurse.


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