Health and Social Care, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in (Single Award)

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS19
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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 mandatory content of the qualification incorporates 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 optional unit (all internally assessed) from: 

  • Sociological perspectives: students study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups.
  • Psychological perspectives: students explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings.
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs: students explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs.
  • Physiological disorders and their care: students explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.

How will it be delivered?

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Entry requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. If studied BTEC Health and Social Care at Level 2 a pass or above would be accepted.

Your next steps...

The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. This will enable students to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care or education sector. The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

It can be taken alongside, for example: 

• A-levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing. 

• A-levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. 

• A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.