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Health & Social Care -Extended Certificate


Why study Health & Social Care?

The BTEC National in Health and Social Care use a combination of assessment styles to give students
confidence that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and also have the study skills to
continue learning on Higher Education courses. This range of vocational assessments (both practical and written)
mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that's supporting applications to Higher Education courses or potential employers.

Extra-curricular aspects of the course

There will be opportunities for students to gather valuable work experience at the end of Year 12 within health and social care settings. We will also be inviting health and social care professionals in to present students with information on their experience of a career in this sector.

Entry Requirements

A grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Core Science is required.
Higher Education and Careers
The qualification supports access to a range of Higher Education courses. The qualification carries UCAS points and it contributes to meeting admission requirements for many courses such as Nursing, Primary Education and Sport Studies.

Equipment required for the course

Students need to be equipped with adequate stationary for the equivalent of five hours teaching per week.


Assessment for this qualification is a combination of internally and externally assessed units. There are four units to complete in total; three mandatory units and one optional units. External examinations will be sat at the end of each year and these make up 58% of the overall grade; coursework therefore contributes to 42% of the overall grade.The BTEC National Extended Certificate will be graded as a Distinction (equivalent to A grade), Merit (equivalent to C grade) or Pass (equivalent to E grade).

Unit  Weighting
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development 1.5 Hour exam worth 90 marks (mixture of short and long answer questions)
Unit 2: Working in Health & Social  1.5 Hour exam worth 80 marks
(mixture of short and long answer questions)
33% of course
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and support  Extended piece of coursework
discussing how ethical care benefits service users
25% of course
Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives Extended piece of coursework
discussing sociological perspectives related to H&SC issues

For more information on this course please contact 

Ms N Burton