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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Shenfield High School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is 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 Levels.

Course content

There are eight mandatory units you must do which are:

  • Unit 1: Human lifespan Development - Exam
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – Set task assessment
  • Unit 6: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Internally Assessed
  • Unit 18: Physiological Disorders and their Care – Internally Assessed

Entry requirements

42 Points and a grade C in English Language.



  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.


Two units in this subject are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means these units are assignment based and provide the final summative assessment of each unit.

Future opportunities

You will be equipped with a range of skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to pursue work in health or social care. Alternatively they may choose to progress to Higher Education to study for a degree.

Examples of Degree courses include:

  • BSc (Hons) Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery and Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy
  • BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care

You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years