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Health and Social Care BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

This two year vocational course is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those seeking to work in the health and social care professions. It is divided into 6 units studied across the two years. 

Course content

Core units


There are 3 core units which students must be taught during the two years. These include effective communication, equality diversity and rights, and anatomy and physiology.


Specialist units


In addition to the core units, students are taught 3 specialist units which could include topics such as caring for children and young people, safeguarding vulnerable adults and environmental health. 

Entry requirements

Students must have gained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. Although not compulsory it would be advantageous to have a grade C in science too. 

Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential.  You will be required to complete independent research and study. You will need to complete all homework on time and to the required standard.  


The diploma is entirely coursework based, there are no examinations.  It must be stressed that there are a significant number of assignments that need to be completed and students must be committed to work independently at home as well as in school.  

Students taking this course will need to complete a 3 week work experience placement in a health and social care related setting. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September