Health & Social Care

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society? During the course you’ll have opportunities to study how all types of service user, from the very young to the elderly, are cared for in our society and you’ll undertake 100 hours of work experience in a variety of settings. This academic course includes meeting individual needs and working in health and social care.

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Examination board

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

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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9-6 grade profile at GCSE. Alternatively, a merit or above at Level 2.

Either Mathematics or English GCSE grade 4 or above.

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

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“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”