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Health & Social Care BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


The BTEC course will involve students passing four units of work, two exams and two units of coursework. Students will learn a range of employability skills including:

  • Cognitive and Problem Solving Skills – Critical thinking

  • Intrapersonal Skills – Communicating, Working Collaboratively, Negotiating and Influencing and Self Presentation

  • Interpersonal Skills – Self Management, Adaptability and Resilience, Self-Monitoring and Development.

    Students will learn about the Health and Social Care industry which ranges from school settings to hospital setting.

    All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*- C, including Maths, English and Science (minimum Grade 4/C)



Type of Assessment

Human Lifespan Development (Exam)

Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

January 2018 Exam

Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)

Learners explore what it is like to work in the Health and Social Care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

May 2018 Exam

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)

Learners focus on the principles and practitioners that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all care disciplines.

June 2019

Optional Unit (Coursework)

To be decided in the second year of the course.

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education, BTEC Higher Nationals or NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in areas of medicine, childcare, healthcare, Nutrition, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the social sectors.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.