Health and Social Care

Level 3 BTEC extended certificate

Course entry requirements: GCSE English Language at grade 5, GCSE Mathematics at grade 4, GCSE Science at grade 4

OVERVIEW OF COURSE:  Health and Social Care is a multi-disciplinary subject enabling students to gain a qualification that is essential for anyone wanting to work within the health and social care sector. It encompasses aspects of Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Law and Ethics within the context of a health and social care environment; such as a hospital, care home or early years setting.   


The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units are covered of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

The mandatory content is worth 83% and the external assessment is worth 58%.

Over the course of two years students will study 4 units:

  • Unit 1 (mandatory- written exam): Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 (mandatory- written exam): Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 5 (mandatory internally assessed coursework): Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
  • Unit 11 (optional internally assessed coursework): Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social care. 

The Level 3 BTEC extended certificate in Health and Social care can lead to many different career paths. Students in the past have secured places on courses as varied as Children’s Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Midwifery and Nursing. Health and Social Care is a very useful subject due to the need to understand and work with a diverse range of people, and having a holistic understanding of the health needs of service users. 

You can find out just what types of careers are available in health and social care by
accessing the ‘skills for care website’:
You could also read the BTEC specification in full at the following address:

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Information for subjects currently being studied by our students for the academic year 2021-22. Please follow the links for each individual subject.  


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