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Health and Social Care

Edexcel Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

What is the course about?

Health & Social Care provides a unique opportunity to study a vocational course and is equivalent in size to one A level. This challenging and interesting course will provide you with the skills and knowledge essential for a career working with people within the care sector. You will learn how to provide the best possible service to people of all ages and with widely differing needs.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – 1h 30m exam paper - in this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development as well as learn about factors that can influence human growth. You will also explore the impact of both predictable and unpredictable life events, and recognise how they impact on individuals.


Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – internal assessment - in this unit, you will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. You will also examine factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services.


Year 2

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care – 1h 30m exam paper - in this unit you will develop an understanding of what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities that a health and social care worker needs to  carry out: these include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that you properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them.


Unit 10 – Sociological Perspectives – internal assessmentyou will gain an understanding of different sociological perspectives and concepts, and consider how these can be applied to health and social care. You will examine what is meant by health, and how the definitions and models used by health and social care professionals affect people.

How will this course help me in the future?

Students can progress to a huge variety of health, social care and early years related degree courses depending on their interests and other A level options. Many students progress on to careers in working with children including early years and teaching, as well as other health and care sectors such as midwifery, nursing and social work. This course can also be used as an entry qualification into a wide range of employment opportunities in care work.

Minimum Requirements

You will need to meet the standard entry requirements of our sixth form and also have achieved at least a grade ‘C’ in GCSE Health and Social Care and/or a grade ‘5’ in GCSE English. You may still take this subject even if you did not take Health and Social Care for GCSE.


Campion School
Sydenham Drive
Leamington Spa
CV31 1QH
United Kingdom

Tel: 01926 743200