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Health & Social Care: BTEC Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

These courses are specialist qualifications for students who wish to enter into a career in Health and Social Care. The Extended Diploma is a vocational qualification equivalent to THREE A-Levels, this is a full time course. The Diploma is equivalent to TWO A-Levels. The Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent to ONE A-Level.

The Extended Diploma course includes a compulsory work placement unit.



Course content

You will study the following core units over the two years of the course;

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs


Your award will be completed by studying additional units, some of which include;

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Personal and professional development – this unit is based on your work placements
  • Sociological perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Psychological perspectives in Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language and Level 4 in Science.



100% coursework and attendance on 100 hours of work placements in three different settings. Students cannot be awarded the qualification if they do not pass their work placements.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Health and Social Care provides a good foundation of knowledge and skills for a range of university courses including health and social sciences. Popular careers include Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Lower Primary Teaching and Nursery Teaching.


Further information

What skills do I need?

You need to be:

Able to retain information and apply this to exams.  Be self-disciplined and willing to work on assignments in your own time. Be able to plan your time effectively to meet different deadlines.  Be able to work  independently and in an organised way and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

How much private study should I expect to do?
You will be expected to do at least 6 hours private study a week.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Pens, paper, lever arch folder, plastic wallets. For work placements you are expected to buy a college polo shirt.


What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are self-motivated, you like doing coursework and you are interested in working with people.

This subject is not for you if…
you do not perform well in exams, you find it hard to be organised and you leave everything to the last minute.


“Health and Social Care is a great course! I liked doing the health promotion campaign when we worked as a team to present our ideas. There is a lot of coursework to do but if you are organised it is okay.”

Eleanor Wagner, Kings School

"The course is really interesting and I am enjoying the variety of different modules.  I particularly liked finding and attending my own work placement, I think the course gives you a good understanding of what a career in Health and Social Care would be like”

Amber Santafield, Shafton ALC




How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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