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Health and Social Care BTEC National L3 Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

This vocational course is available to any student, whether or not you have studied Health and Social Care previously.

BTEC’s are qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment.

The BTEC in Health and Social Care provides a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the health and social care sector. The specialist units give learners a choice of emphasis and may dictate the areas to be studied later on at university.

Learners will develop personal skills in the areas of leadership, team working, communication and problem solving. They will also develop skills in:

  • Knowledge of health and safety issues and the legislation which supports it
  • Understanding the importance of diversity
  • Understanding how the organ systems within the body work and how malfunctions can be detected through routine measurements and observations
  • Understanding the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of growth and development that occurs across the main life stages
  • All practical skills related to working in health and social care

Course content

  • The BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care will lead to the equivalent of one A Level
  • The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care will lead to the equivalent of two A Levels
  • The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care will lead to the equivalent of three A Levels

You will produce a portfolio of coursework that will be assessed internally as well as sitting external assessments. A grading scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction is applied to all units.

There is a mixture of assessment within the BTEC course, with up to 46% of the course being externally assessed.

For coursework based units, students will produce a portfolio of evidence showing that they have met all of the assessment objectives. This will be evidenced through practical assignments, oral presentations/ demonstrations, written reports and project work. Submission deadlines are set throughout the year. You will need to ensure that you are organised and enjoy spending time working through a range of individual tasks.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C (or equivalent), including minimum D grade in English & Maths


Students who are studying for the BTEC Extended Diploma must complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience as a mandatory part of their course.

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development.

Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

Unit 7: Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

Unit 5: Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care.

Unit 16: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs.

Unit 6: Meeting individual care and support needs.

Unit 18: Physiological Disorders and their Care

Unit 12: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care.

Unit 23: Nutritional Health.

Unit 13: Promoting Public Health

Unit 14: Sociological perspectives.

Unit 15: Psychological perspectives

Future opportunities

This course provides solid and varied knowledge and is good preparation for a successful career. It also provides the necessary entry requirements for a wide range of higher education courses including HNDs and degrees.

After completing this course learners will find themselves prepared for entry into a range of professions including the National Health Service and other care providers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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