BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Extended Certificate

What does the course involve?


BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3.



Unit 1 EXTERNAL EXAMINATION: Human Lifespan Development

Unit 5 INTERNAL ASSESSMENT (portfolio): Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs


These units will provide you with a broad understanding of the sector. These core units which introduce a range of vocational knowledge, skills and understanding, provide either a stand-alone Level 3 National CERTIFICATE in Health and Social Care or provide a basis for further study in year 2 towards the Level 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE in Health and Social Care.



What qualifications do I need?

No specific entry requirements are needed other than those generally required for the Sixth Form, though an interest in health and social care issues is important. Written communication is important and therefore a good standard of written English is essential. Due to the nature of the internally assessed portfolio, exemplary organisational skills and an ability to carry out in-depth research is crucial.


Units 1 will be assed externally in the form of an examination. For unit 5, you will produce a portfolio which will be internally assessed by your teacher. It is therefore vital that you are committed to meeting the necessary deadlines. The qualification is graded A*-E.

General Comments

There will be opportunities to work in a variety of ways in the classroom including individual research, group tasks, projects and presentations. Students will be expected, under the guidance of staff, to take responsibility for their own learning and to produce their work by agreed deadlines.


Future Prospects

Health and Social Care provides students with a range of transferable skills. It may be particularly useful to those students who are considering a future in teaching, nursing or social work. There is also the opportunity to explore a range of careers including those in the community or youth justice sector and therefore it may be useful for students considering a role on the prison service, police or youth offending.



Videos from the Department

This presentation from Miss Heyes, Head of Social Sciences, looks at the Health & Social Care course, what units and topics you will cover and what typical lessons are like