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Btec Health and Social Care Extended Certificate at Wetherby High School

Course description

Student will complete four units over the two year course.  This will enable candidates to gain a Level 3 Extended Certificate.

This is an Applied General qualification that has been designed to support learners progressing to University.  It is an academic, creative and innovative course that encourages students to take a broad view of Health and Social Care.  If students are thinking of pursuing a career in nursing, healthcare science or social work, this course includes pathways to help students reach their ambitions. It can also be used to support entry into employment or higher education courses such as Midwifery, Primary School Teaching, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Nursing to name just few.

The focus is on the human body and how it changes over time, what it means to work in the Health and Social Care sector and what skills and behaviours are necessary.  Principles of safe practice and the importance of respecting the individual are also taught. 

Course content

AS Unit Overview

UNIT 1: Human Lifespan Development

Students will discover the influences, factors and life events that shape people into the individuals they are.  Students will realise that while we all share a common biological pattern of development, our actual life course may differ considerably from what is expected.

Health and Social Care practitioners need to develop a knowledge base for working with people in every stage of their lives and this unit will lay the foundations for that journey of learning.

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Students will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. Students will examine factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services.


The importance of multi-agency work will be considered and how it provides a package of care and support that meets all the needs of individuals.

A2 Unit Overview

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

This unit will help students to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector.

Health and Social Care practitioners have important responsibilities need to be understood and carried out. These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure personal information is properly handle and they are not discriminated.

Students will understand how practitioners are accountable both to individuals and the regulatory bodies that represent people who work in the health and social care sector.


Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

To work effectively in health and social care practitioners need to be familiar with sociologists' research findings, and be able to apply a sociological understanding to their practice.

Students will gain an understanding of the different sociological perspectives and concepts, and consider how these can be applied to health and social care.  Students will examine what is meant by health, and how the definitions and models used by health and social care professionals affect people. By examining inequalities in society, students will be better equipped to understand and support people who come from different social groups. 


AS Assessment Overview

UNIT 1: Human Lifespan Development

·         Written exam paper – 50% (lasting 1½ hours)

o   Students work through questions that assess the understanding of growth and development through the human life span

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

·         Internal assessment – 50%


o   A controlled assessment coursework piece

A2 Assessment Overview

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

·         Written exam paper – 30% (lasting 1½ hours)

o   The exam is divided into four sections, based on a short scenario relating to an individual with health and social care needs


Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

·         Internal assessment – 20% of Year 13

o   A controlled assessment coursework piece

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 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Btec H&S

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