Health and Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

If you wish to pursue a career in the field of health care, social care or early years (e.g., nursing, midwifery, social work or primary teaching) this course will address many aspects that are integral to such health care professions. The course covers a wide range of subjects and is good preparation for either further study at university or direct entry into employment.

Please note:
This course is only available to students studying two A-levels at the Sixth Form Centre at the South Sefton Campus. Students are only permitted to study one BTEC alongside two A-levels.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

In your first year, you will study Human Lifespan Development, developing your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development. You will learn about factors that can influence human growth, development and human health, across all life stages. You will also study Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs which looks at the principles behind providing quality care and support.

Year 2:

In the second year you will study Working in Health and Social Care that will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. Finally, you will study Physiological Disorders so that you understand how to provide appropriate treatment and care.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development (exam)
  • Unit 5 - Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)
  • Unit 2 -Working in Health and Social Care (exam)
  • Unit 14 - Physiological Disorders and their care (coursework)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Most students progress onto a range of Health, Social Care or Early Years related degree courses at university. However, some students seek employment in Health, Residential Care or Early Years’ settings. Did you know, the NHS is the largest employer in Europe?

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 11:17