Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Why study this course?

This subject provides a platform for study at further education and to pursue a career in the health and social care sector.
The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • an A Level in Biology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing or Midwifery
  • an A Level in Sociology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • a BTEC Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • an A Level in Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

In the BTEC National units, we provide students with an opportunity to develop their employability skills, in three main areas:

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


What will I study?

Year 12

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care

Year 13

  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care


How will I be assessed?

4 units make up this qualification; 2 are external.
Internal assessment: coursework x 2
External assessment x 2 January/June


Where can it lead?

This course can lead to a range of health and social care careers, some examples of these are:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social work
Staff List

Miss M Cooke

Subject Leader

  • Mrs E Lucchessi – Faculty Leader
  • Miss M Cooke
  • Miss B Gagen
  • Miss K Dungworth
Exam Board

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Past Papers
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Revision Sites
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