BTEC Health and Social Care

Department: Social Science 

Type of Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate 

Exam Board: Pearson 

Additional Entry Requirements: 2 GCSEs at Grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at Grade 5, including Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics 

Why study Heath and Social Care? 

Health and Social Care will suit you if you are interested in: 

  • The chance to build awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in health and social care 
  • The fact that this specification compliments other A-level studies 
  • Learning skills essential for higher education and the world of work. 

Course Content 

Year 1 Units  

  • Topic 1 – Human lifespan development 
  • Topic 5 – Meeting individual care and support needs 

Year 2 Units  

  • Topic 2 – Working in Health and Social Care 
  • Topic 11 – Psychological perspectives 


External assessment (Examination in May 2021 for Unit 1; Jan 2022 for Unit 2) 

Year 1: Written exam on topic 1 – Essay and source questions (1hr 30 mins) (25%)[Text Wrapping Break]Year 2: Written exam on topic 2 – Essay and source questions (1 hr 30 mins) (33%) 

Internal assessment (Unit 5 & 11) 

Year 1 Assignment: Topic 5 – set and verified by teachers (90 GLH) (25%)[Text Wrapping Break]Year 2 Assignment: Topic 11 – set and verified by teachers (60 GLH) (17%) 

Careers in Health and Social Care 

This specification is suitable for those considering a range of careers. 62% of large companies have recruited employees with a BTEC qualification.  

37% of BTEC H&Sc students entering HE studied a nursing degree. 

The following jobs are most popular: childcare, nursing, paediatrics, midwifery, social work, teaching and similar careers, police service, probation service, paramedics, health visiting, mental health, counselling.