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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Samuel Whitbread Academy

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 programme of study. It is equivalent in size to one A Level. 

Course content

Key Features

Students choosing the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care will be assessed in four separate units, three of which are mandatory units and two are external. The mandatory content makes up 83% of the qualification while the external assessments are 58%.

Internally assessed units - Students must complete at least one optional unit (10, 11, 12 or 14), all of which are internally marked and require students to submit evidence towards a given assessment criteria. This means that the teacher delivering the unit sets and assesses the assignment that provides the final summative assessment of each unit.

Synoptic assessment (Unit 5) - Synoptic assessment is one that a student would take later on in their programme of study, to which they will be expected to apply learning from a range of units. Synoptic units may be internally- or externally assessed.

Mandatory units

• Unit 1 - Human Lifespan and Development

• Unit 2 - Working in Health and Social Care

• Unit 5 - Meeting Individualised Care and Support Needs

Optional units

• Unit 10 - Sociological Perspectives

• Unit 11 - Psychological Perspectives

• Unit 12 - Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

• Unit 14 - Physiological Disorders and their care

Entry requirements

• APS 3.9

• Grade 4 in GCSE Language or Literature


• Combination of coursework, exam and externally set tasks

Future opportunities

Some of our students progress to study various health and social care disciplines at university such as medicine, nursing, social work, midwifery and physiotherapy. Others undertake childcare courses at local colleges or combine in working alongside an apprenticeship scheme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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