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Health and Social Care Studies BTEC (HND) Course

  • Price £3,500
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  • Course type Distance learning course
  • Duration 960 Hours, Part-time
  • Qualification BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care Studies
  • Awarded by EdExel
  • i Tutor is available to students.


This course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn the knowledge, skills and tools essential to the many facets of health and social care studies. The health and social care vocational training course will prepare you to enter a higher education degree programme, or enter directly into employment in management.

You will have the opportunity to learn about anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, diseases, diagnoses and treatments, promotion of health, social issues such as poverty, relationships, responsibilities and skills in social care, and much more.

You may take up to 2 years to complete this course and you will receive unlimited tutor support throughout.


BTEC (Business Technical Education Council) courses are vocational-related training courses that prepare you to enter either into a higher education degree program, or directly into employment. BTECs are developed with key representatives from their respective industry and are built to progress the learner along a vocational path. The courses are continually updated with employers’ needs in mind so that you are given the knowledge, skills and tools most suitable for your field. BTECs also provide direct advancement into university programmes.

BTEC HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are at the fifth level of the BTEC scale. They are worth 240 credits and are equivalent to a Foundation Degree or HE (Higher Education) Diploma.

You can take BTEC courses together with, or instead of A-levels.


This comprehensive course is made up of 16 units, each unit covering an essential aspect of health and social care studies:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology (ICT) in the study of Health and Social Care practices

Unit 2: Human growth and development

Unit 3: Essential anatomy and physiology for care practitioners

Unit 4: Health and Disease

Unit 5: Care and Communication

Unit 6: Focus on social issues

Unit 7: Socialisation, attachment and lifestyle

Unit 8: Focus on disease models

Unit 9: Public health contexts

Unit 10: Diagnosis and treatments

Unit 11: Promoting health

Unit 12: Research in health and social care

Unit 13: Safe caring and care services

Unit 14: Care contexts: roles and responsibilities

Unit 15: Antimicrobial resistance

Unit 16: Pharmacology for health and social care practitioners


On successful completion of this course you will receive a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care Studies from EdExcel. The Diploma is equivalent to a Foundation Degree or HE (Higher Education) Diploma.

Career path

Once you have successfully completed this course you will be able to use your HND in Health and Social Care Studies as a qualification to enter into university, complete a final year of study, and obtain a full degree.

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