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Health and Social Care: BTEC

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. A BTEC Health and Social Care Level 2 pass will also be considered when applying.


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Learn about the health and social care sector

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


The course

The following are mandatory topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

  • Human lifespan development (externally assessed): students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in health and social care (externally assessed): students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs (internally assessed): students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Students will also study one of the optional units from the specification (all internally assessed). At Silverdale we study physiological disorders and their care as this unit supports students who wish to progress on to health related courses at university.



There are four units of which two are externally assessed by exams and two are internally assessed by assignment work.


Beyond the classroom

Our friendly, supportive staff frequently run support sessions for students outside of class.



Taken alongside other Level 3 courses such as biology, psychology, sociology, BTEC applied science, health & social care can lead to degree courses in nursing, education, social studies or health related courses.