BTEC Health & Social Care

BTEC Health & Social Care

Staff, Teaching & Learning

Code: 50095018/PA1

Are you caring, energetic, and really interested in people? Are you considering a career in health or social care?

Working in the health sector provides a varied and satisfying career path and the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The National Health Service is the largest employer in the UK with over a million staff and a wide range of professional careers available throughout the country. In an ever changing world, with huge advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, it’s a really exciting time to be training for a career in health. In addition there are a wide variety of careers available within the growing social care sector, supporting the needy and vulnerable in our society and contributing to the wellbeing of our nation.

Course information – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

A great first step towards your professional career in health or social care is the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. This newly redeveloped qualification is a fantastic alternative to A-level and has been designed in consultation with both NHS Trusts and UK universities to be a stepping stone into degree courses in the healthcare professions and social work.


This qualification, equivalent to 1 A-level for university entry and stretching over two years at St Ambrose Barlow 6th Form College, will combine with a suitable choice of A-level subjects to enable you to gain university entry to work towards a career in a number of environments. This could include a degree in nursing or midwifery, the professions allied to medicine (e.g. occupational therapy, podiatry, radiography, etc), social work and ambulance paramedics, and it will also help you gain access to various care roles within residential and domiciliary care, day centres and nurseries.


Course assessment includes external exams for some subjects, with other subjects being assessed through coursework. You will study the following four core subjects:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Physiological Disorders

Entry Requirements

Your abilities in English and Maths will be stretched by the demands of the examination and coursework requirements. It is important that you have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. You will also need maturity, dedication, commitment and the ability to consistently meet deadlines to succeed. It is not necessary to have studied Health and Social Care previously, but where studied at GCSE/BTEC Level 2 you should have achieved a minimum of grade B/Merit or equivalent in both the examined and the controlled assessment aspects of the course.

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