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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care at Silverdale

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for students who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A-level.

Course content

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector: • Human Lifespan Development: students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. • Working in Health and Social Care: students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs: students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines. Students can select one optional unit that covers: • Sociological Perspectives: students study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups. • Psychological Perspectives: students explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings. • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs: students explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs. • Physiological Disorders and their Care: students explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Level 2 BTEC pass will also be considered when applying.


4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Future opportunities

The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. This will enable students to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

The subject can be taken in combination with other A-level and BTEC subjects to support careers in nursing, education, sport and child development.

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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 601/7197/2


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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.