Health & Social Care

This qualification aims to provide an introduction to study of the health and social care sector and is for the student interested in learning about this sector as part of a balanced study programme.

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Entry requirements

It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent in size to one A Level. It supports access to a range of higher education courses, possibly in health and social care, if taken alongside further level 3 qualifications.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many courses.

For example, if taken alongside:

  • A Levels in Biology and Psychology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • A Levels in English and History, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

The Course Structure

Pearson BTEC Level 3 (Extended Certificate) covers:

The content of this qualification has been developed to supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have confirmed that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.

There are three mandatory units, one internal and two external. Learners must complete and achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal units.

Students will complete the following mandatory units:

  • Human Lifespan Development (external)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (external)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (internal)

Students are able to select one option unit that supports their progression to specialised degree programmes, and which covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector.

Optional units include:

  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspective
  • Additional needs
  • Physiological disorders.

External Assessment

This is a summary of the type of external assessment, which is of units making up 58% of the total qualification.


Unit Type
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
  • Written exam set and marked by Pearson
  • 1.5 hours
  • 90 marks
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
  • Written exam set and marked by Pearson
  • 1.5 hours
  • 80 marks

Potential Careers

  • Audiology
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy manager
  • Podiatry
  • Primary teaching
  • Psychology
  • Radiotherapy
  • Social work

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Health & Social Care* BTEC Level 3

* Taught as part of the Benton Park collaboration.