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Health & Social Care

Subject Description

The BTEC Level 3  National Certificate and  the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care provide an entry into many health or social care occupations and related degree courses.  They will help you develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and higher education in health or social care.  These programmes promote a wide range of academic and vocational skills that employers and universities are looking for.

Future Destinations:

You will gain the skills and experience to progress onto Higher Education in areas including Nursery, Midwifery, Paramedical, Social Work, Youth Work or enter straight into employment in the care sector in roles such as a Family Support Worker or Senior Care Assistant.


A Level

Exam Board:


Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Human Lifespan Development (90 GLH) which has an externally assessed exam of 1 ½ hours and is worth 90 marks.

You will study physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

Unit Two

Working in Health and Social Care (120 GLH) which has an externally assessed exam of 1 ½ hours and is worth 80 marks. There will be a number of short- and long-answer questions. The paper consists of four sections, and each section is based on a different short scenario briefly explaining the situation of a person with health and social care needs.

You will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

Unit Three

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (90 GLH) which is an internally assessed unit.

You will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Unit Four

Sociological Perspectives or Psychological Perspectives (60 GLH) which is an internally assessed unit. The option will depend on your interests and staff expertise.


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