Health & Social Care — Solihull Sixth Form College

Health & Social Care

(BTEC Extended Certificate – 2 year course, equivalent to 1 A Level)
Why study Health & Social Care?
  • Health & Social CareThe Extended Certificate qualification in Health & Social Care uses a combination of assessment styles to give learners confidence that they can apply their knowledge to their studies. The skills developed support progression into higher education and a career in Health and Social Care.
  • The range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – mean that learners can showcase their learning and achievements to the best effect.
Why study Health & Social Care at Solihull Sixth Form College?
  • Learners will have the opportunity through vocational learning experience to interact with the health, social care and early years sectors.
  • There will be opportunities to develop knowledge of Higher Education through a variety of organised activities.
  • Learning and assessment takes a variety of formats from essay style assessments through to presentations of research. A variety of teaching methods and learning experiences will be used ranging from classroom-based activities through to visiting specialist speakers.
  • Studying for the Certificate allows you to choose two of a wide range of A level subjects alongside to support your interests and career ambitions.
Course Outline

The units for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care are as follows:
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
Learners will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and effects of ageing.
Unit 2 – Working in Health & Social Care
Learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs
Learners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.
Unit 10 – Sociological Perspectives
Learners explore the role sociological perspectives have in the delivery of health and social care services and gain understanding of the demographics of our society.


Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units are studied in total, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.
Mandatory content (83%)
External assessment (58%)
Examining Board – Pearson.

Special Entry Requirements

Our standard A level and A level equivalent entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Options


What do our learners go on to do?

This course is equivalent to 1 A level. On completion of this qualification you will be be able to apply directly to University to enrol on courses to become nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists and social workers for example. Please note that for some of these careers, a GCSE grade 4 or above in Science is necessary.

Cost Implications


Complementary Subjects or Enrichments

Subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology and English complement the type of study required on this course. Learners are encouraged to take voluntary work experience as part of the enrichment programme.

This information is correct for September 2024 entry.

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