Health and Social Care

Health and social care

(Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care)


This is a course for students who have an interest in working in the social care, health care or
education fields. The course will appeal to those students who:
– Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
– Want the opportunity to carry out practical work as well as class work
– Want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation
– Are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and their clients
– Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable
– Want to move on to related careers or vocational courses (BTEC Level 4, HND and NVQ’s)

What is the BTEC L3 National Extended certificate?

The qualification is designed to provide a broad introduction to the vocational area of health and
social care. It is offered at two options:

The Extended Certificate: This is taught as 4 units over two years, this course can be studied
alongside other Advanced GCE’s.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: Malton School is also offering the BTEC Level 3 National
Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care which is a triple option and is equivalent to THREE A
Level subjects. The extended diploma is taught as a combination of mandatory and optional
modules over the two years. It includes 100 hours of work experience in a health and social care

WHAT you will study?

In the extended certificate you may study some of the following units:
Unit 1 Human lifespan development (Mandatory)
Unit 2 Working in health and social care (Mandatory)
Unit 5 Meeting individual care and support needs (Mandatory)
Unit 10 Sociological perspectives (optional)
Unit 11 Psychological perspectives (optional)
Unit 14 Physiological disorders and their care (optional)
In the extended diploma you will study all units 1-8 and there will be a variety of other optional
units to a total of 13 units over the two years.

Vocational Experience

Students will take part in a number of vocational based visits, trips and short placements in order to
support their assignments with activities and observations of health and social care environments.

What qualifications do I need?

You should have a general interest in health and social care issues, a BTEC in Health & Social Care at
Level 2 would be beneficial but not essential.


This course is a combination of external exams (units 1 and 2) and internal assessment of
assignments. Assessed assignments are carried out regularly throughout the course.

Future Prospects

The BTEC in Health and Social Care combines with almost all A Level subjects and thus will support
applications for social work, nursery nursing, healthcare of the elderly and other health related
courses. There is a very wide range of employment opportunities and further vocational training
following successful completion of this course. Past students have gone on to do nursing,
occupational therapy, play leadership, nursery nursing, teaching and youth work.