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BTEC Health & Social Care Extended Certificate Level 3 at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care​is equivalent in size to 1 A Level. It is for students interested in learning about the health and social care sector alongside other fields of study, probably with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, not necessarily in the health or social care sector.
This qualification aims to provide an introduction to study of the sector and is for the student interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. 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.
No prior study of the sector is needed, but students should normally have a range of achievement at level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.


Course content

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.
Students will complete the following mandatory units:
● Human Lifespan Development
● Working in Health and Social Care
● Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 subjects at C grade including English


External Examinations: 2 external examinations
Coursework: 2 units of internally examined coursework.

Future opportunities

This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to employment via higher education. It also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles, industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships; for example, the Adult Social Care Apprenticeship or the Allied Health Profession Support Apprenticeship.
It can help towards a career in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and the police.


Further information


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years