Health Care Cadets BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies

What will I learn?

* Please note that the optional units are subject to change depending upon NHS requirements.

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
Unit 4 Development Through the Life Stages
Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
Unit 7 Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
Unit 10 Caring for Children and Young People
Unit 11 Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
Unit 12 Public Health
Unit 13 Physiology of Fluid Balance
Unit 14 Physiological Disorders

Optional Units:

Unit 20 Promoting Health Education
Unit 21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care
Unit 22 Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
Unit 26 Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs
Unit 27 Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
Unit 28 Caring for Older People
Unit 35 Microbiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 40 Dementia Care
Unit 41 Working with Medication in Health and Social Care
Unit 47 Academic Literacy in Health and Social Care

This course has a strong vocational element – two days a week will be spent working within a Health Care setting. You will be working alongside health care professionals in the NHS or other Health Care setting.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at grades C/5 or above, including English Language, Maths and Science (a BTEC L2 in Science at Merit or above will be considered as an alternative to GCSE Science)
  • Successful at interview/recruitment event; the interviews will be held jointly between JLC and NHS staff

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is mainly through coursework (internally assessed) which is marked by course tutors and moderated by the exam board. Four mandatory units are assessed through external examination. The final grade achieved for each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.  You will also undertake practical assessments as part of the NHS training.

Additional Learning Opportunities

You will complete a corporate induction and health care training as part of your work experience. Two days per week placement will support and contextualise your learning as part of the BTEC course.

Who is this course aimed at?

Students who:

  • have a definite career aim and wish to work within Health Care Sector
  • who enjoy working with others
  • have determination and drive to meet this challenging course
  • wish to gain considerable experience working within the Health Care Sector (including Hospital Work placement for two days a week)
  • would value the corporate and health care training offered by the NHS as part of this course
  • would like to progress to University to study Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography or any other Health-related Profession
  • would like to gain employment within the Health Care Sector

What next?

You will have the skills, knowledge and appropriate training to work in the Health Sector. The course is most suitable for University entry into health professional courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practitioner and Paramedic Science.




  • BTEC Level 3


  • Health Care

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider