BTEC National in Health and Social Care

Exam Board: Edexcel


Course Content:

Are you passionate about helping others?  Do you dream of becoming a nurse, midwife, or physiotherapist, or perhaps you are interested in pursuing a career in social work or mental health?  If so, then Health and Social Care may be the subject for you!


Students will undertake a variety of units that will provide an in-depth understanding of the health care, social care, and early years sectors and develop their knowledge about the roles, responsibilities, skills and attributes of people who work within these sectors.  They will learn about human development across the lifespan and how different factors affect development.  Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of people who work within the different sectors, including the values that underpin their work.  Other parts of the course will explore different physiological disorders and how to diagnose and treat them, as well as the role of psychology within health and social care provision and practice.


Core Units Include

Externally assessed units: Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health and Social Care, and Issues in Research in Health and Social Care. 


Internally assessed units: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs, Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care, and Promoting Public Health. 


Specialist Units Include

Nutritional Health, Physiological Disorders and Their Care, Psychological Perspectives, and Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs, among others.



Students will undertake 8 units across the two years.  The course is 40% external assessment and 60% internal assessment.  External assessment will include written exams taken in exam conditions and controlled assessment that is completed in school and assessed by Edexcel.  Internal assessment is coursework that is completed during lesson time and assessed by teachers.


While work experience is not a mandatory part of the course, it is expected that students will undertake a work placement in an approved health or social care setting in order to support their learning.


Career Opportunities:

Successful completion of the BTEC National Diploma is equivalent to two GCE A-levels.


BTEC Nationals are valued by employers and higher education.  Many of our past students have progressed to higher education to study degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Education, among others.  BTECs also provide students with qualifications and essential skills should they wish to transfer directly to employment.


Entry Requirements:

Grade 4 GCSE English, Maths and Science, plus other supporting subjects.  Students will also need to meet the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.