Health and Social Care

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Course Tutor: Mrs F Green

Course entry requirements: General BTEC entry requirements including a grade 4 or above in English Language or English Literature and Maths.

Course description

The NHS employs 1.4 million people and Social Care 1.6 million people.  Employment within Health and Social Care could involve working with a specific group of people such as adults, children, the elderly, families, those with mental ill health, physical disabilities, learning difficulties, or alcohol or drug dependency.

Mandatory units: (All units must be completed)

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam)

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)

Unit 6: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)

Optional units: (One unit must be completed)

Unit 14: Physiological disorders and their care (Coursework)


Two of the mandatory units will be assessed through written examinations.


Two units are coursework based and will be internally assessed. This will be completed during lessons and as homework.

Meeting deadlines is a vital part of the course.

Placements, Work Experience, Trips

Placements/work experience will be an optional part of the course. These will be within appropriate health and social care settings.

Health and Social Care trips are a compulsory part of the course. Costs will be kept to a minimum.

Guest Speakers

A variety of guest speakers will provide students with opportunities to learn about different careers within the health and social care sector.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

This qualification offers routes into many different careers. Some of these are:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Radiographer
  • Care assistant
  • Early years practitioners
  • Primary school teachers
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Paramedic


All of these career routes require further training.

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