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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent)

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Code 17
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is a popular choice at KS5 for students wishing to gain a more practical hand's on approach to learning which will gain students the equivalent of 1 A Level. For more specific content please see the Assessment section below.

How will it be delivered?

The course comprises of 4 units that students must undertake with a variety of external and internally assessed units. There are three core units that need to be undertaken - two of which are external exams Human Lifespan Development and Working in Health and Social Care and the other two are internally moderated units, Helping Individuals and Support Needs and one other which will come from a small list of options.  Students will work consistently throughout the two years on these units which will accumulate to their final grade.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and a 5 in English.

Your next steps...

A BTEC in Health and Social Care is the ideal choice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in a health or social care setting. This course will provide students with a national vocationally specific qualification recognised by both employers and universities. Many of our former students have gone on to undertake degrees in nursing, teaching, social care, probation, psychology and criminology to name but a few, whilst some have moved into jobs as the course will prepare them for any future career in Health and Social Care or any related career that involves working with people. It contributes towards part of your programme of study, allowing for other A-levels or vocational courses to be studied at the same time.

The course aims to provide an enriched learning experience that develops skills and qualifications for employment. In addition to this, students will have an opportunity to participate in the NHS Befriend volunteer scheme at Pinderfields Hospital. As this is a professional role, students will undertake a period of training and gain the following level 2 qualifications; communication, safeguarding, dementia awareness as well the practical skills of safe wheelchair use. To support students in their studies the following enrichment activities have been planned; Gravity trampoline park, Nuffield health and fitness centre, care home visit, Temple Moor centre for interactive learning, the Museum of Mental Health at Fieldhead Hospital. We also encourage students to participate in charitable events, which have included Race for Life.


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