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Health & Social Care at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a vocational, work-related course aiming to provide preparation for employment in the Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors. It introduces you to employment in these areas and is a good basis for more advanced work-related qualifications such as Level 3 BTEC National Diplomas. The course also aims to develop personal qualities and practical skills essential for working life. The BTEC qualifications in this specification are QCF level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors.

Course content


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is Equivalent in size to one A Level.

There are 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external assessed. External assessment equals 58% of the whole course.

The qualifications provide a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Level.

Units include:-

Mandatory units include:- 

Human Lifespan Development 

Working in Health and Social Care 

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Optional units could include:-  Sociological Perspectives 

Psychological Perspectives 

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs 

Scientific Techniques for Health Science 

Physiological Disorders and their Care

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma will involve as much ‘vocational experience’ as possible. This means there may be guest speakers, visits to care settings and relevant work experience.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+ including a grade 5 in English and Maths

Future opportunities


With further training or study, students go on to careers such as nursing, care management, teaching, social work and early year’s education. For immediate employment you could work and train in a nursery or early years environment, registered care home, nursing home or health centre and still have the opportunity to continue your training with an NVQ at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September