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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate (Edexel) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

This popular vocational qualification prepares students to go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in Higher Education and/or go into a wide variety of careers including nursing, education, social work and a variety of opportunities within health care providers such as the NHS. It develops knowledge and skills in the vocational context of the caring industries.


Course content

Students will study either four or eight units depending on their choice of the single or double award, over the 2 year course.

For the single award students will investigate Human Lifespan and Development, covering physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the life stages, the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. This will be examined at the end of year 12. Unit 5, Meeting Individual Care Needs focuses on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support needs. This will be assessed by controlled assessment. A further two units will be covered in year 13, unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care (external assessment) and unit 4 Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care (controlled assessment).

For the double award students will cover all the units listed above, plus four additional units. Currently, unit 14Physiological Disorders and unit 8 Promoting Public Health are being studied, both of which are being assessed though controlled assessment. Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice and a further optional unit will also be covered.


Entry requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades in GCSE subjects.


Assessment is through a combination of controlled assessment and external assessment in the form of a written exam at the end of both year 12 and year 13.


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Future opportunities

Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/ or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication, nursing, education, social work and the NHS. 



Further information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Health and Social Care teachers at school, or check the specification on the EDEXCEL website:


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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years