Health and Social Care

BTEC National Health and Social Care- Extended Certificate (Level 3)

Duration: 2 years (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Board: Pearson
Course Entry Requirements: 5 A*-C/5-9 grades at GCSE Level including a C/5 in English Language as well as Science.
Health and Social Care stands out from other A Levels and BTECs as it gives you the skills and training head-start that you need in any career where you are working primarily for the care and wellbeing of other people. It will improve your understanding of yourself and your relationship with others not just in wider society but in specific health and social care contexts.

Assessments are in the form of exams, coursework and vocational work experience.

1st Year Modules:

  • Human Lifespan Development (1.5 hour exam)
  • Meeting  Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)

2nd Year Modules:

  • Working in  Health and Social Care (1.5 hour exam)
  • ONE of the following: sociological perspectives/psychological perspectives/ supporting individuals with additional needs/ physiological disorders and their care (coursework)

Skills you will gain include:

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Presentation, extended writing and analysing case studies
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team-working

Possible Careers and Higher Education
Health and Social Care is a respected vocation and is recognised by higher education institutions and employers as a vital pathway into different careers as it is very skills focussed which can set you aside from other qualifications. Choices include Nursing, Primary Education, Children's Play, Learning and Development, Social Work, Sport, Sports Studies and Development, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Adult Learning and many more. Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.