Health & Social Care - National Foundation Diploma

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

The Pearson BTEC National Level Foundation Diploma in Health & Social Care is designed to develop an understanding of the health and social care working environment and develop skills, knowledge and an awareness of the roles played by people who work within the health and social care sectors. This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, and prepares learners for work in the Health & Social Care sector.

What you will study

Topics studied can include:

  • Developing effective communication
  • Equality, diversity and rights
  • Health, safety and security
  • Development through the life stages
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Personal and professional development
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
  • Values and planning
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Safeguarding adults and promoting independence
  • Public health
  • Physiology of fluid balance
  • Physiological disorders
  • Biochemistry for health

You will also study Essential Skills Wales qualifications in Communications, ICT and Application of Number.

Learners that are successful on the Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma can go onto complete the Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.

NOTE: Learners studying Childcare or Health and Social Care courses should be aware that it is a requirement of the course that all learners working with children or in a care setting have to have a full enhanced disclosure DBS check.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A* - C including English Language and Maths. Or BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate or Diploma at Merit or above including GCSE English Language at grade A* - C and Maths at A* - C. Satisfactory DBS check and reference.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessment

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.
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What our students say

I did look around colleges before deciding on where to go, but Cardiff and Vale College provided the course information that I wanted. We have done quite a lot of reports and case studies but also looked into how the human brains works, so we can understand many forms of disabilities, both mental and physical. From my time at CAVC I can say that the staff are very friendly, I’ve also made a lot of friends and just generally enjoyed my time here.

Lori Mamo
Health and Social Care Level 3 student

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Why CAVC International

Cardiff and Vale College International is a great place to study whether you want to take your first steps into higher education, improve your English or add a vocational or professional qualification to your CV.

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Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ

City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

East Cardiff Campus
East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,