Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. (EDEXCEL)

The qualification provides a broad basis of study for the Health and Social Care sector. The Extended Certificate is designed to support progression to Higher Education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels.

This is a two year course equivalent in size to one A level (360 Guided Learning Hours). The course consists of four units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed (examined units). The mandatory content is 83% and the externally assessed content is 58%.

Sixth Form Curriculum Social CareMandatory Units

1 Human Lifespan Development, External Exam, guided learning hours 90;

2 Working in Health and Social Care External Exam, guided learning hours 129;

6 Meeting Individuals’ Care and Support Needs, Internal Portfolio, guided learning hours 90.

Unit 1 - learners cover Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social development across the human lifespan, the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

Unit 2 - learners explore what it is like to work in the Health and Social Care sectors, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

Unit 6 - learners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

ONE optional unit will be chosen from the following:

Method of assessment

Sociological perspectives, Internal, guided learning hours 60;

Psychological perspectives, Internal, guided learning hours 60;

Supporting individuals with additional needs, Internal, guided learning hours 60

Physiological disorders and their care, Internal, guided learning hours 60.

Career progression:

The course is beneficial to those students who are considering a career in the Health or Social Care sector. For example, nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching. It also supports general entry requirements for applying for Higher Education.