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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Health & Social Care


Specification: BTEC national Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care


Qualification type: BTEC Qualification, equivalent to A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Health & Social Care (if studied) at Merit or 4 in English


Subject description

This two-year qualification, offered at four-unit level, gives a broad vocational introduction to Health & Social Care. Students are actively encouraged to experience not only the theoretical aspects detailed below, but also to establish links with local employers, make use of case studies and perform their own primary research to help with assignments.


The following units are studied:

Year 12

  • Human lifespan development – External examination
  • Meeting individual care and support needs – Internal portfolio

Year 13

  • Working in Health and Social Care – External examination
  • Psychological perspectives – Internal portfolio

As the course is modular, and with the order of the units being completed, if students decide to complete only the first year of the qualification they can be awarded a Level 3 Certificate in Health & Social Care as opposed to the Extended Certificate. This is equivalent to an AS qualification and would therefore be awarded 50% of the UCAS points of the extended certificate.


How is the course assessed?

A combination of portfolio and external assessment is used, with external examiners verifying the quality of the internal portfolio assignments. There are two external assessments, one in each year, which total 58% of the final grade. The internal portfolio assignments are mostly completed within lesson time, allowing students to be well supported in finishing them to the best of their ability.


Post-18 opportunities

Further studies in Higher Education on such courses as Social Work, Criminology, Midwifery, Clinical Psychology, Radiography, Nursery, Mental Health or Adult Nursing are all possible routes to take. Apprenticeships within the Health & Social Care are also popular choices.


Teacher responsible:  Mrs R Scales