Level 3 BTEC extended certificate in Health and Social Care

Course Entry Requirements: GCSE English Language at grade 5, GCSE Mathematics at grade 4, GCSE Science at grade 4

Health and Social Care is a multi-disciplinary subject enabling students to gain a qualification that is essential for anyone wanting to work within the health and social care sector. It encompasses aspects of Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Law and Ethics within the context of a health and social care environment; such as a hospital, care home or early years setting.


Over the course of two years students will study 4 units:

Unit 1 (mandatory- written exam): Human lifespan development
Unit 2 (mandatory- written exam): Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 5 (mandatory internally assessed coursework): Meeting individual care and support needs.
Unit 11 (optional internally assessed coursework): Psychological perspectives for Health and Social care.

The external assessment (examination) is worth 50%. The internal assessment (coursework) is worth 50%.


The Level 3 BTEC extended certificate in Health and Social care can lead to many different career paths. Students in the past have secured places on courses as varied as Children’s Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Midwifery and Nursing. Health and Social Care is a very useful subject due to the need to understand and work with a diverse range of people, and having a holistic understanding of the health needs of service users.