BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Exam board: Edexcel
Guidance: Preferably 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including English Language. Entry is on a case by case basis. You should have the interest and potential to succeed in achieving the qualification. The study of Health and Social Care at level 2 is not essential.
Course Start Date: 09/2022
Course length: 2 Years
Course description:

This qualification equips you with a broad understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you begin or progress in a wide variety of careers in health and social care. This course will suit students who are interested in learning about the health and social care from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Students undertake practical visits and placements and apply the experiences they gain to the knowledge they are taught in the classroom.

The course suits those who prefer a more practical approach to their studies. It aims to develop personal, learning and thinking skills. This course has a heavy emphasis on portfolio and course work, even though there are two exams across the 4 units of study. Students will need to have good time management skills and be prepared to attend and take part in practical placements and visits as well as think independently.

Course units:

The BTEC Level 3 extended certificate in health and social care consists of four units.

The course is usually studied over two years but we also accept students on to the one year BTEC Certificate Level 3.

The two year course is equivalent to one GCE A level, the one year course is equivalent to GCE AS level.


Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (exam in year 12)
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (exam in year 13)
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework in year 12)
Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (coursework in year 13)

What can I do with this qualification?

With BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. It is possible for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC level 3 qualifications give UCAS points for university applications. Career paths followed so far by those studying health and social care include nursing, midwifery, career with paramedics or ambulance service and nursing or psychology degrees. The course is also relevant to those wishing to study education related degrees, especially early years teaching.
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