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Health and Social Care BTEC National Extended Diploma at Shenfield High School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is intended as an applied general qualification. It is for post-16 students who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector. This qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels. It develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in health and social care. It allows you to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units.

Course content

There are eight mandatory units you must do which are:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – Exam
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – Set task assessment
  • Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care – Exam
  • Unit 5: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care – Set Task Assessment
  • Unit 6: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Assignment
  • Unit 7: Work Experience in Health and Social Care – Assignment
  • Unit 12: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – Assignment
  • Unit 13: Promoting Public Health – Assignment

Entry requirements

38 points and a C in English Language or Literature and a C in Science.



  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.


  • Most units in this subject are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means these units are assignment based and provide the final summative assessment of each unit.
  • Then there are 5 optional units which are all assignment based and internally assessed.

Future opportunities

You will be equipped with a range of skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to pursue work in health or social care. Alternatively they may choose to progress to Higher Education to study for a degree.

Examples of Degree courses include:

  • BSc (Hons) Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery and Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • 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

You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.

Further information

You must complete a compulsory work experience placement in a health and social care setting. This will take place in July in Year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years