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BTEC Health and Social Care

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care

Year 12 and 13


 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Entry Criteria

Four GCSEs with grades 9-4 including GCSE English grade 4 or above or Level 2 in Health and Social Care at a level two pass or above

Exam Board

Pearson BTEC

Course Specification Link


Course Overview




This a 2 year course Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction the sector. It is for learners 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 qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. The qualification typically makes up one–third of a study programme

There is a possibly this can lead into the 1.5 A level if the time allows.



Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units which cover the following topics:

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social

care sector:

• Human Lifespan Development Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.  (External exam)

• Working in Health and Social Care Learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. (External Exam)

• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs. earners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and

support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines. (Exam board set coursework)


Learners can select one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to

the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector.

Optional units include:

• Sociological Perspectives (Coursework)

• Psychological Perspectives (Coursework)

• Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (Coursework)

• Physiological Disorders and their Care. (Coursework)


Required work experience

Pupils will be expected to seek out their own placement in the summer term of year 12 for one week in at least one setting in the Health and social care sector.