Health and Social Care: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Code F26
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course covers various aspects of health and social care: service provision; values, rights and responsibilities; care settings; communication; health and well being; understanding human behaviour and practitioner roles. 

In Unit 1 you will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. 

Unit 2 explores what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. 

For Unit 6 you will complete reports relating to the care and support provided for individuals which draw together how underpinning values and principles are applied through working practices, including multidisciplinary working. You will complete the reports using knowledge and understanding from your studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills. 

Finally, in Unit 16 you will explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs.


The course comprises foru units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 (M) Human Lifespan Development 

Unit 2 (M) Working in Health & Social Care

Unit 6 (M) Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs

Unit 14 Physiological disorders


How will it be delivered?

Written examination (1h) externally assessed (25%)
Written examination (1h 30m) – externally assessed (33%)
Assignment set and assessed internally (25%)

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a health & social care-related discipline, as well as Grade 5+ in GCSE Core Science and Grade 4+ in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a health & social care- related discipline will be considered through meeting

Your next steps...

In addition to the health & social carespecific content, you will develop transferable and higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. The study of health & social care particularly encourages the development of skills such as critical thinking, communication, working collaboratively, self management, adaptability and resilience.