Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs (A* – D) including English (A* – C)

  • Any B-TEC Level 2 qualification at Merit level

  • Students must be committed to carrying out 100 hours of work experience

  • A clear interest in working in health and social care and working in the care services

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop a good knowledge base and practical care skills for professions within the health and social care sector. These professions offer challenge and reward; you will be able to make a difference to people's lives. The are two components: mandatory units providing 80 credits and optional units providing 100 credits. The eight mandatory units are compulsory for all students.

Topics of study

     Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care 
     Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care 
     Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care 
     Unit 4: Development Through the Life Stages 
     Unit 5: Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 
     Unit 6: Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care 
     Unit 7: Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care 
     Unit 8: Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care

Work experience


As part of the course students will be expected to undertake placement (one day a week) in a range of vocational settings. This is a mandatory part of the course. This is a great opportunity for students to sample what it is really like to work in appropriate work settings.

Further study and career opportunities

Health and social care students’ progress onto a variety of university courses including: nursing, midwifery, primary teaching, social work, youth and community work, probation work, occupational therapy, as well as studying for degrees in health and social care, social policy, sociology and psychology.

Other students progress into the work place as teaching assistants, care workers, nursery workers and youth workers.