Health and Social Care
QualificationBTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
What Do I Need To Study This Course?
5 subjects at grade 5 or better including English and maths plus at least one science, or a Level 2 pass in health and social care.
What Will I Study?
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the health and social care sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level. The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:
- Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
- Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
- Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
Learners also take one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector. At our Sixth Form, all learners study the same optional unit:
- Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care.
How Will I Be Assessed?
In Year 12 you will study 2 Units:
Unit 1: This unit is assessed through examination. The exam consists of short answer and extended writing questions and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.
Unit 5: This unit is assessed through controlled assessment (internally assessed at school and externally moderated)
Unit 2: This unit is assessed through examination. The exam consists of short answer and extended writing questions and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.
Unit 14: This unit is assessed through controlled assessment (internally assessed at school and externally moderated)
This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:
• A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
• A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education
• BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.