The Pearson BTEC National Certificate and Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care are for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. They provide progression to a range of higher education courses and job roles related to the health and social care sector.

The qualifications develop a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the care sector through mandatory content, and allow learners to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units.

The qualifications carry UCAS points and are recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

 •  BSc (Hons) in Nursing •  BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences •  BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Counselling •   BSc (Hons) in Midwifery •  BA (Hons) in Social Work

In year 1 (Certificate) you will do a January exam for Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development and coursework for Unit 5 - Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs


BTEC Nationals are practical, vocational qualifications, and the Health and SociaI Care award is aimed at students who have a real desire to work in the NHS, or affiliated services, and care for others, whether as a health care assistant of a clinical psychologist.

All qualifications are fully accredited for UCAS points and a large number of our students progress onto higher education.

Units :

At Halesowen College students will complete 

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care 

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Unit 2 is externally assessed whereas Unit 10 will be internally assessed through portfolio work. Within Unit 2 and 10 students will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the combined marks produce the final overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction or *Distinction.

The Cambridge Technical course in Health and Social Care will provide you with a vocational alternative to A-Levels. It is course work based and will examine psychological and sociological perspectives while developing effective communication in a health and social care environment.