Health & Social Care


Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care may sound like a course only for social workers and nurses, but it has, in reality, a much wider relevance than that.

Health & Social Care provides a recognised qualification for career training in many allied professions and will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the needs of the sector along with the academic requirements to study at university.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language, Maths and Grade 4 in GCSE Science)


BTEC Pearson


2 Years

More about this course

What you'll study

You will look in detail at the role of a Health and Social Care practitioner, their relationship and responsibilities towards patients/service users and the wider health and social care sector. Units studied will include:

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Development through life stages
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development for health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care

You will complete work placements in various settings of your choice within the health and social care sector over the 2 years of study.

Beyond the course

You will examine how work experience can help you develop personal and professional skills, such as communication and teamwork, and to understand more about the expectations of different professional roles.


All units are internally assessed through a combination of written coursework, oral presentations and practical demonstrations.

Future career opportunities

This is an extended Diploma specifically for those who wish to progress to a health-related degree. The course will help prepare you for a range of university courses including Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, Teacher Training, Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Social Policy.

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