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BTEC Level 3 National Health & Social Care - Extended Certificate 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. 

BTEC Nationals require applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (the psychomotor domain). This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours (the affective domain) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. 

Lead - Miss K Hare 


What will be studied:

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and offers a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals and  A Levels.

How is this course assessed? 

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Across the two years 4 units will be studied of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

 • Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development  - external exam 

 • Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care - external exam 

 • Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs. - Synoptic internal assessment 

Optional Internal unit to be selected include :

Unit 10 Sociological Perspectives

 • Unit 11 Psychological Perspectives

 • Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

 •Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care.

Grading for Units and Qualifications 

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills.

Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only. 

All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit. 

What could this Qualification lead to? 

Learners will be able to progress to an Apprenticeship or University choosing from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. 

It can be taken alongside, for example:

 • A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing

 • A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

 Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Trust Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



01727 853134