August 9, 2020

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care National Certificate Level 3.

Health and Social Care is a popular choice among students,  It is the basis of any career in the health and social care services within the UK.

You will find that throughout the course it is your own life and choices which will be studied. You will be asked to take part in a number of discussions and active learning, please be enthusiastic and say yes to all of these opportunities. By taking part you will be improving your own health and social care concepts.

We will support you in the choices that you make, please come and discuss this with us if you ned to.

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: Edexcel.

We offer the level 3 extended Certificate in Health and Social care. This is 360 Guided Learning Hours over 2 years.

Externally-assessed units

Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment are of 90 or 120 Guided Learning Hours  to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded.

Learners must achieve all external units at pass grade or above. Learners are permitted to resit any external assessment only once during their programme.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Health and Social Care suite are:

Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome

Internally-assessed units.

All units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that you set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit, using the examples and support that Pearson provides.

In line with the requirements and guidance for internal assessment, we select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills.

Learners could be given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate workplace values and practices.

Extended Certificate Units.

Unit Number and title. Unit size  
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development 90 GLH Year 1

Sept – Dec.

5.Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs 90 GLH Year 1

Jan –May.

Unit 2 Working in Health and Social care 120 GLH Year 2

Sept – Dec

12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs 60 GLH Year 2

Jan – May

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care .

The Tech Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

This course builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you learn in your GCSEs, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology or GCSE Psychology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.

Some learners may wish to build on an interest in human growth and development but take it in a different direction (at either Level 2 or Level 3) by studying for qualifications in Early Years education.

BTEC Specification.

Edexcel –Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Subject Coordinator: Ms Gibbs (

Key Assessment Dates for Health and Social Care.

Year 1

Sept to April

To understand human growth and development and the life stages that we go through, we will investigate and discuss the influence that can affect out growth and development. We will also consider the impact of social, cultural and emotional factors on growth and development.
Unit 1

Human Lifespan development

Year 1 and year 2

April to December

We will be looking at the different types of Health and Social Care services, what they do and some of the barriers that may stop us from using them.

We will look at the different care values that are required within Health and Social Care to ensure that respect, dignity inclusion and access to all is promoted.

Unit 2—Health and social care services and values
Year 2

December to May

In this component you will be asked to assess the different factors that can affect the health and wellbeing of individuals who need the different Health and Social Care services within the UK.

We will also investigate ways to monitor and prevent illness, analysing and interpreting data from lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol.

Finally aim C will be an external assessment task based on all three units over the 2 year period.

Completion Unit 3—Health and wellbeing

Exam unit