Health & Social Care

What is a BTEC National Diploma?

The BTEC National Diploma is a well-respected vocational qualification. It is worth the equivalent of TWO A Level grades.  It is commonly accepted   as a progression route onto degree courses and for higher level jobs. The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care is assessed mainly by coursework, but with some externally assessed units.

In the past, students have used their qualification in Health and Social Care to support an application for a degree in nursing, midwifery, teacher training or social work.

Some students choose to go straight into employment with further training in areas such as Social Work, Caring and Education.

What will I learn?
  • You will gain an understanding of health, social care and early years working environments
  • You will develop key skills in health, social care and early years
  • You will have the opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way including work placement and visits to local health, social and early years organisations
  • You will follow a course that enables progression  to both higher education and employment in relevant sectors
  • You will develop skills that are highly valued byemployers and universities and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills
How will I be assessed?

This well-respected qualification will appeal to students who prefer to work steadily throughout the year and be assessed continuously. The continuous assessment consists of five coursework units and three external assessments.  So, if you perform well  at coursework and are interested in a career in health and social care, this may be the subject for you.