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St Peter's
Catholic School

Extended Certificate - Health & Social Care


Mrs C Thomas

Head of Department & BTEC Quality Nominee

Mr J Butler Teacher of Sociology and  H&SC
Miss I Richards Teacher of  Religious Education and H&SC

Studying BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care at 16 plus is ideal for people interested in pursuing a career focused in education, paramedic science, nursing, midwifery, social care, policing and rehabilitation. You will study the whole lifespan and consider the many aspects of care. In addition you will research various physiological and mental disorders, investigate safeguarding and protective legislation, learn about the impact of lifestyle and its effects on health and wellbeing all within the framework of individualised care. As a part of the course, you will visit care settings and interact with care professionals and service users.


Students will be studying the Edexcel syllabus.

Extended Certificate: equivalent to onean a half A Level (6 units). There are six units covered over the two years of study, three are mandatory and two of those are external written exams. Students have the flexibility to choose some of the service user groups that they focus on for their coursework. Visits to care settings help students to ensure the coursework is relevant and accurate. Mandatory content (83%) and external assessment (58%)

The units studied are:

Unit 1: Human lifespan development (external examination)

Unit 2: Working in health and social care (controlled assessment and externally assessed)

Unit 5: Meeting individual care and support needs (internally assessed)

Unit 14: Physiological disorders and their care (internally assessed)

Unit 7: Safeguarding

Unit 19:  Nutrition


Unit 1: Human lifestyle development 25% of qualification

Unit 2: Working in health and social care 33% of qualification


• Visits can lead to volunteering opportunities which look great on a CV or university application

• Experience is essential for employment in the health and social care sector

• All students are given the opportunity to gain an ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ Level 3 qualification

• All students are given an opportunity to apply for work shadowing programmes for nursing and midwifery at RSCH


Minimum of five or more GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above.