Health & Social Care

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

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Health & Social Care, BTEC (2016) Level 3 National Extended Certificate AF-HESC3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society? During this course you will have opportunities to study how all types of service user, from the very young to the elderly, are cared for in our society. This course includes meeting individual needs and working in health and social care.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics.

You will study:

  • Human Lifespan Development (90 minute exam)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (90 minute exam)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)
  • One other science-based unit (coursework)

It is recommended that you complete work experience/volunteering whilst on the course.

You will have a mixture of formal and less formal learning experiences. Some sessions will be in the form of lectures but you will also participate in a mixture of activities – whether working individually or in groups. You will participate in role plays, discussions and presentations.

58% external assessment, 42% coursework.

Textbook: £25

This course, along with two further A Levels, typically in Biology, Sport, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology or English, will enable you to progress onto a degree programme such as Midwifery, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Paramedic science, Criminal Psychology or Counselling.

Completion of this course could also result in progressing to Higher Education courses including - Midwifery, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Paramedic science, Criminal Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Special Educational Needs teaching.

“This course has given me new experiences and opportunities, opening my mind to my future careers. It has given me the confidence to apply to the University of Southampton to study Mental Health Nursing”