Health and Social Care (BTEC Double)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care (equivalent to two A-levels)

Why Study Health and Social Care?

This is an ideal course for students who would like to work in one of the Health, Social Care, Children and Young People or Justice Sectors. This could lead to working in a wide range of care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, elderly residential homes, schools, nurseries and prisons.

The Diploma is equivalent in size to two A-levels. Assessment for this qualification will be two examinations and six pieces of internally assessed coursework.


Key Subject Documents
Curriculum Intent Progression Mapping
Learning Journey   Assessment Mapping


Units from the Extended Certificate PLUS:

  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – Assignment
  • Learners explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in H&SC settings.
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care – Task set and marked externally by Pearson
  • Learners explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for H&SC practice and services.
  • Learners will consider the purpose of research, how it is carried out and the importance of research for improving the wellbeing of those using H&SC services.
  • Promoting Public Health – Assignment
  • Learners explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care – Assignment
  • Learners explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users. Disorders covered include diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, cancers and rheumatoid arthritis.


Careers/Higher Education Pathways

  • University e.g. nursing, primary education, social work, physiotherapy, dietetics, public health
  • Health, social care and early years apprenticeships
  • Trainee caring roles e.g. care assistant in a residential home or a home carer

H&SC Bridging Course