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BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

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. 

Course content

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

 Sociological Perspectives***

 Psychological Perspectives***

 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs***

 Nutritional Health***

 Caring for Individuals with Dementia***

 Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs***

Entry requirements

4+ GCSE English Language and/or Maths and a Level 2 qualification in a related (science or Health & Social Care).


42% Examination

15% Externally assessed piece of coursework

43% Coursework

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

For more information please see or speak to Miss. Thomas or Mr. Vernon

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: 13 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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