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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.

Why choose this course?

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. 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: 05/09/2024

Course code
SCHESOC24T
Level
Level 3
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Subsidiary Certificate / Diploma

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Experienced tutors

Industry-standard facilities

Current Practice

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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 who have entered Higher Education have gone on to study Nursing, Midwifery, Teaching, and many other degrees. Students could also enter employment in a range of allied health care professions such as nutrition and dental nursing.

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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What you could earn

  • Counsellors
  • Paramedics
  • Social Workers
  • Youth and Community Workers
  • Social Services Managers and Directors
  • Nursing Auxiliaries and Assistants
  • Senior Care Workers
  • Care Workers and Home Carers
Potential Salary

£30,257

Entry Level Salary

£9,361

Average Salary

£21,991

Annual openings in Cornwall

7

Potential Salary

£53,732

Entry Level Salary

£22,651

Average Salary

£36,466

Annual openings in Cornwall

12

Potential Salary

£42,260

Entry Level Salary

£18,358

Average Salary

£32,637

Annual openings in Cornwall

19

Potential Salary

£33,193

Entry Level Salary

£7,468

Average Salary

£20,949

Annual openings in Cornwall

22

Potential Salary

£76,132

Entry Level Salary

£18,590

Average Salary

£32,168

Annual openings in Cornwall

7

Potential Salary

£26,592

Entry Level Salary

£6,894

Average Salary

£18,102

Annual openings in Cornwall

374

Potential Salary

£28,784

Entry Level Salary

£10,560

Average Salary

£18,155

Annual openings in Cornwall

61

Potential Salary

£24,497

Entry Level Salary

£5,698

Average Salary

£14,951

Annual openings in Cornwall

538

Our colleges

Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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