In the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate students will complete 4 units of work: 2 externally
assessed units and 2 internally assessed unit of work. Units of work include topics such as Human
Lifespan Development and Working Health and Social Care. This qualification is equivalent to one A level.
The qualification lends itself to creative delivery, using learners’ work experience as a focal point and
enabling learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust
opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating
to health and social care.
Students should have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Where Health and Social Care has previously
been studied students should have achieved a Merit Level 2.
Students should be able to sustain writing in longer, significant pieces of work for homework, classwork
and examination and be able to confidently and clearly express ideas verbally.
Students will also need a high level of organisation and the ability to prioritise workloads.
BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care is a qualification that can open doors to many opportunities in a
variety of job roles whilst also providing a good grounding for you to go on to study more specialised areas
such as social work, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, paramedic science for example at degree
level. It is a qualification that you can use to apply for a range of job opportunities in the health and social