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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Cerificate in Health & Social Care at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme.


It is an ideal qualification for those students who want a broad background in health and social care, which will allow them to progress to further or higher education, training or employment. It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in working with people and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.


This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years provision
  • An awareness of how the health and social care sector meets the needs of its clients
  • Gain an understanding of the current developments taking place in the health and social care sector


The National Extended Certificate qualification will cover a series of mandatory and optional units:

  • Mandatory:
    • Human Lifespan Development
    • Working in Health and Social Care
    • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Optional:
    • Sociological Perspectives
    • Psychological perspectives
    • Supporting Individuals with Additional needs
    • Physiological disorders and their care

N.B. only one Optional unit will be selected.


This course covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in this vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent in size to one A Level.


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. There are two externally set exams at all on this course.   Following your success of studying Health and Social Care, you are awarded one of four different levels: Pass (equivalent to an E grade at A Level), Merit (equivalent to a C), Distinction (equivalent to an A) or Distinction* (equivalent to an A*). You must pass each unit to achieve the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care.


It is likely that you will experience a number of trips or work experience within the Health & Social Care sector, as well as visiting speakers to the college.

Entry requirements

The general Sixth Form entry requirements i.e. six A*-C (or equivalent) ideally including a grade 4 in English and Maths. You do not need to have studied Health and Social Care before to choose this course.


  • Assessment will be from 4 units over the two years, 3 are mandatory (83% of final grading)
  • 2 units will externally assessed through examinations (58% of final grading)
  • 2 units are internally assessed through coursework


This subject is not linear in nature i.e. modules completed in Year 12 do count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

Possible career paths for students taking the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate include, Health Visitor, Health Care Assistant, Physiotherapist, Social Worker, Counsellor, Care Worker, Nursing, Sports Physiotherapy, Speech Therapist, Pharmacist, to name a few

Further information

This course links particularly well with Biology, Psychology, English, History, PE and Sociology.

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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: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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