BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care (2016)
Withdrawal of BTEC National Diploma in Social Care and BTEC National Diploma in Health Care
After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to withdraw the BTEC National Diploma in Social Care and the BTEC National Diploma in Health Care, which means they will not now be available for first teaching in September 2016.
Why have you decided to withdraw the qualifications?
These qualifications were originally intended to support direct progress into employment. As the Skills for Care and Health standards are now under review, it is clear that these qualifications would soon be obsolete.
Are you intending to develop replacements?
We are working closely with industry stakeholders to identify skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of the future health and social care workforce.
Are the other qualifications in Health and Social Care affected?
No. All the remaining qualifications will be available for first teaching in September 2016.
We’ve made some changes to how qualification grades are calculated for all BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care (2016).
You can read more about that in:
- Section 9 of the specifications
- our Quick Guide to Grading.
You can also find out more at our Getting Ready to Teach events, which will be held in April.
Will the qualifications be included in DfE post-16 performance measures?
We have resubmitted all other BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care for the final Applied General list, which will be published around Easter 2016.
Here to help
If you’d like to discuss what this means for you and your students, you can get in touch with your Health and Social Care subject team on 020 7010 2162, or drop them a line at: TeachingHealthandSocialCare@pearson.com.