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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

Are you interested in people? Do you wonder about the individuals who make up our society? Do you think about the different lives they have and the various forms of support and care they need? If so, then a qualification in health and social care could be for you. If you prefer to keep your options open and do not wish to commit to a full-time Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, then this could be the course for you.

Why choose this course?

The Level 3 Extended Certificate is taken as part of an A Level programme, where you study the course alongside three other A Levels. As the topics in health and social care are so wide-ranging, it would work with many different combinations of A Levels, whether you are interested in the humanities or sciences, or a mixture of subjects.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
2 years
Subsidiary Certificate / Diploma
Awarding Body

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Enthusiastic team

You will be taught by staff with a wide range of experience. Our Level 3 team are committed to ensuring you have the most enjoyable and successful academic journey whilst joining our curriculum area.

Tailored units

The units you undertake are designed to give you the most up to date understanding of working in the Health and Social Care sector with one unit designed to be tailored to overall occupational progression choices.

Dedicated support

You will have the opportunity to work independently whilst supported by a sector expert in researching your chosen career path and will have tailored support for externally assessed units.

What will I learn?

On the Extended Certificate, you will study 4 units that will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development considers factors that affect the development of individuals at different points in life, from birth to later adulthood.
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care explores what it is like to actually work in the sector including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs looks at the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.
  • You will take a fourth optional unit from a range of occupational specialisms that are offered by the Health and Social Care Team. This fourth unit is carefully chosen each year from a range of four optional units and therefore dependent upon overall occupational progression choices on a year on year basis.

Where will it take me?

The final qualification (once all 4 units are completed) is equivalent to one A Level and is well regarded by Higher Education institutions for progression. Students could enter employment or go on to university with this qualification.

Assessment arrangements

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of a range of internal and external tasks including externally assessed exams and written assignments.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include English (Language or Literature) and/or Maths at grade 5 or above.

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