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Health and Social Care – BTEC National


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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care



Course Leader:  Miss Carla Jackman


What’s it all about?

This course provides students with a broad understanding about the health and social care sector.  This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Compulsory units include modules on human lifespan, working in health and social care and individualised support needs for people over their lifespan.  In essence the course considers developmental processes from childhood through to late adulthood and the subsequent needs of people as they progress through their lives.


What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above including English and Maths.


What does the course combine with?

A Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care combines well with other care related or socially themed courses.  Traditionally, students have combined it with psychology, sociology or biology.  However, it may combine well with other subject possibilities as well.


What will I learn on this course?

Health and social care practitioners need to develop a knowledge base for working with people in every stage of their lives and they need to know how their own experiences relate to health and wellbeing.  Although it is generally accepted that there may be deterioration in health with age following adulthood, medical intervention means people are living longer and have better life prospects.  A theme of this course is the effective discharge of professional responsibilities which connect to health related issues in society.


For you to be able to provide the care and support that individual’s need, it is important that you have a good understanding of the principles behind providing quality care and support. Consequently, one of the compulsory units introduces you to the values and issues that need to be considered when planning care and support that meet the needs of an individual in a health and social care environment.


How will I be assessed?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.


Students will complete the following mandatory units:

● Human Lifespan Development

● Working in Health and Social Care

● Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.


The optional unit studied is:

● Psychological perspective


Is there anything else I need to know?

Lessons will be exciting, engaging and energetic.  You will be expected to prepare well for each lesson with independent research and you will participate fully in debate and discussion.  You will develop a close professional relationship with teaching staff who will monitor your progress closely.  You will be given close, personal guidance on how to improve and how to maximise your performance.  The course will be enlivened with references to the world of work and to media pieces as they affect the work of the caring industries.


The course provides employability skills?

In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills.  Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine
             problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and
    influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


See Miss Jackman for more details