Health & Social Care – BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care


If you have an interest in the health and social care of people in the community, then this course is for you. There will be 100 hours of compulsory work experience which will be incorporated into the course. This course enables students to reach a standard equivalent to 1 A Level through coursework and assessment.

Many students go on to do Degree and Diploma courses in Health and Social Care related subjects, however, it should be noted that many of these courses (Nursing and Midwifery for example), require students to take other Science subjects alongside this course.

All students will undergo a DBS check as part of safeguarding legislation.

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics. In year 1 students will study:

  • Human Lifespan Development (exam)
  • Meeting Individual Care Needs and Support

In year 2:

  • Working in Health and Social Care (exam)
  • Physiological Disorders

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable the students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and work experience.

Health and Social Care students are actively involved in local community events as well as their work experience placements in a range of health care settings.


You could take this course to prepare for higher education in Health and Social Care or more general higher education courses as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the social sectors.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above with English and Mathematics at 3 or better (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 4 in English Language

Students will also need to have DBS check.

This course is assessed through coursework (72%) and an exam over the two years. Students will complete a number of units of coursework. The points achieved on each unit will be added together to form an overall grade.

The awarding body for this course is Pearson BTEC.


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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