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Health and Social Care Btec Extended Certificate Level 3 at Ranelagh School

Course description

This is a broad-based qualification in Health and Social Care which offers candidates the ability to interact with the health and social care sectors. It explores the anatomy and physiology of body systems and the impac tof illness on individuals. The course provides candidates with a choice of assessment methods suitable for their needs and strengths, as well as an excellent opportunity to pursue a particular vocational pathway.

This qualification is a two-year BTEC course which is equivalent to one A level.

When students pass the course, they are awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*, giving UCAS tariff points equivalent to E, C, A and A* grades respectively at A Level. The qualification will be appropriate for entry on to the vast majority of university courses.

There is a particular emphasis on communication and IT skills. Students following the course have the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context.

Course content


Unit 1 - human lifespan development

  • Patterns of human growth and development
  • Experience of health and wellbeing
  • Factors that can influence human growth, development and human health
  • Inherited, environmental, social or financial factors
  • Theories and models to explain and interpret behaviour
  • Impact of both predictable and unpredictable life events

Unit 2 - working in health and social care

  • Working in the health and social care sector
  • Responsibilities of a role in health and social care
  • Maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals
  • Handling of personal information and preventing discrimination
  • Organisations and different settings in which services are delivered
  • Provision of services and barriers to provision

Unit 5 - meeting individual care and support needs

  • Values and principles of meeting care and support needs
  • Ethical issues that arise when personalising care
  • Factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support
  • Different methods used by professionals across all care services

Unit 14 - physiological disorders and their care

  • Physiological disorders, diagnosis and treatment
  • Signs and symptoms of physiological disorders
  • Different types of treatment and support


Entry requirements

Prospective students are expected to achieve five C grades or equivalent at GCSE.


There are a variety of assessment methods including both examined and written coursework.

Unit 1 - 25% of Btec - written exam 1 hr 30 mins

Unit 2 - 33.3% of Btec - written exam 1 hr 30 mins

Unit 5 - 25% of Btec - coursework

Unit 14 - 16.7% of Btec - coursework

Future opportunities

This course will appeal to those wishing to pursue careers in health and social care including nursing, midwifery, social care, teaching, psychology and social sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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