Health and Social Care National Extended Diploma

Entry Requirements:

At least 4-5 GCSEs graded 9-4 including English or Maths at grade 4 or above.

Why Should You Take This Course?

This course explores and investigates the Health and Social care sector through a range of diverse units. The qualification develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills through mandatory content. The course is designed for students with an interest in a career in the Health Service or Social Care sector. It will focus on a wide range of settings and client groups.

Course Content
There are study eight mandatory units:

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.
  • Some of the Optional units are:
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia
  • Microbiology for Health Science
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry for Health


Students will be expected to attend placement for a minimum of 450 hours in a range of settings over the duration of the two years.

How will I be assessed?
There are four external units assessed through exams. The remainder are assessed internally through assignments/projects, case studies and practical work.

Are there any special expenses?
Transport to and from placement, a DBS check and uniform. There will be some trips and visits, which will incur costs and are a compulsory part of the course.

What could I do next?
This course could lead to any Health or Social Care degree course such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social work or allied health professions such as Physiotherapy, Radiography or Occupational Therapy.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels


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