BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Ralph Thoresby School
A BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to three A-Levels. This qualification has been designed to be the only qualification in a two–year, full-time study programme; it is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector. It supports progression to health and social care related degrees, and is widely recognised by employers.
Students will complete a series of units over the two years, three of which are examination based* and a unit which will comprise of an externally assessed piece of coursework**. These will take place in the first year of study. Students taking this qualification will study eight mandatory units and five optional units*** (Optional units are yet to be decided):
Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care*
Human Lifespan Development*
Working in Health and Social Care*
Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs**
Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
Promoting Public Health
Work Experience in Health and Social Care
Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs***
Caring for Individuals with Dementia***
Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs***
4+ GCSE English Language and/or Maths and a Level 2 qualification in a related (science or Health & Social Care).
15% Externally assessed piece of coursework
This qualification is the main focus of a 2-year study programme of learning and is equivalent to 3 A Levels, meaning that learners will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example:
BSc (Hons) in Nursing
BA (Hons) in Social Work
BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy
BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care
It is also widely recognisable to employers and develops skills that employers are keen to see such as:
Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
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.