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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

During the course you will study four units, these will include topics such as Human Lifespan and Development and Meeting Individual Needs. 

Opportunities will be provided for you to undertake work experience in an area of health and social care which is of personal interest to you. The work experience will be planned and organised by the student and will inform part of the assessments in the first year of study. Work settings include a nursery, an elderly care environment or even a hospital. 

The extended certificate in health and social care (single award) will allow you to study a variety of topics covered in four units over the two years. Through studying these units you will have the chance to build awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in health and social care. The course will help you to gain valuable experience first-hand of a number of health and social care settings through studying various case studies and also through work experience. There will be group work and role play  activities as well as individual assignments throughout the two years. 

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Not available

Route 2 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or BTEC/OCR at Merit or above (including Grade 5 in English Language)

Route 3 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or BTEC/OCR at Merit or above (including Grade 5 in English Language)


The BTEC Extended Certificate is built up with four units over two years.

First Year

Human Lifespan Development - this is a  compulsory externally assessed unit. Learners will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of aging.

Working in Health and Social Care - this is a compulsory externally assessed unit. Learners will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisationes

Second Year

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs - this is compulsory internally assessed unit which allows learners to focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support need, which are the foundation of all care disciplines.

Physiological Disorders and their Care - this unit is internally assessed and aims to develop the learners understanding of physiological disorders, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.


Future opportunities

This course covers areas which are essential to health and social care and would be suitable for students considering a career in the many avenues open to them with this qualification. It will allow you to progress on to further study in a broad range of occupational areas. Or you may decide to move straight into employment. 

Possible career pathways may include; child care, nursing, paediatrics, midwifery, social work, teaching/similar careers, police officer, probation officer/YOT, medicine, paramedics, health visitor, mental health, counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 10 January 2017
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