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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the Health and Social Care structure.

This qualification will provide:

  • The opportunity for full-time learners to enter employment in the health and social care sector or to progress to university to pursue a career in health.
  • The opportunity for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

The 360-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate offers the learner a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. It is designed to support progression into higher education when supported by other appropriate A levels or BTEC options.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

  • Human Lifespan Development*
  • Working in Health and Social Care*
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

* Examined Units


This course is delivered using a mixture of practical, work-related and theoretical tasks and activities. It is mainly classroom based.

There are two external examinations: one in Year 1 and one in Year 2.

In Year 2 there is also an alternative externally marked assignment

One unit offers the opportunity for a more portfolio based internal assessment with a variety of assessment methods: practical, written, verbal, video, witness reports

Future opportunities

The qualification gains 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
  • A BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Social Work
  • A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September