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Health & Social Care

Social Sciences
Type of Qualifcation:
BTEC - National Extended Certificate
Exam Board:
GCSE Grade 4 in English and Biology

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate aims to provide students with an introduction to the health and social care sector. It covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology, Sociology and Law. These topics can be applied to real life settings from early years to residential care. This qualification is the equivalent to one A level.

Students will cover physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development across the human lifespan as well as explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations such as the CQC and NMC. Students will also focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individual care and support needs.

Style Of Assessment

50% Exam, 50% Coursework

Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development – Exam (1.5 hours, 90 marks)
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care – Exam (1.5 hours, 80 marks)
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Coursework


1 Optional Unit (TBC based on students):

  • Unit 10 – Sociological Perspectives – Coursework
  • Unit 11 – Psychology Perspectives – Coursework
  • Unit 12 – Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs – Coursework
  • Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders and their Care – Coursework

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the health and social care sector, with the aim to progress on to higher education, an apprenticeship or a job role. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development. The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interactions.

Skills developed:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach on-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

Career Prospects

If you have a genuine interest in people and want to make a real difference to people’s lives – whether that be as a social worker, nurse*, midwife*, teacher, paramedic* or nursery practitioner, Health and Social Care BTEC is a great choice for you.

*Please note: some students wanting to go into nursing / midwifery/ paramedic science should check university websites to see if they accept this course as different institutions have different views*