Health and Social Care

Within the Health and Social Care department at Blenheim, our intention is to fully support and prepare students who want to work with people, or care for and help others in their future career.

Our courses give students the background knowledge and skills needed by someone considering working with people in a care provision capacity. We have a successful history of giving our students the qualifications they need to become successful in jobs in the Health and Social Care sector such as teaching, social work, nursing midwifery, paramedic science and many more.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

This course has been designed for students who want a strong core of knowledge of the Health and Care sector, because they wish to work or go on to study further in a related area. 

You will: 

· Have practical experience from real-world assignments 

· Take responsibility for your own learning 

· Have a strong core base of knowledge 

· Have real experience of effective teamwork 

· Know how to work to a brief with set deadlines 

· Efficiently manage time to complete tasks 

You will study the following content: 

· Human Lifespan Development 

· Working in Health and Social Care 

· Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs 

· Psychological perspectives

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Over the two years you will study four units, and two units will be assessed internally and two externally. Your performance will be graded using a scale of Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The qualification is equivalent to one A level.

Enrichment opportunities

There is potential to undertake work experience in a care setting as part of this course, as seeing a real life care context will transform the way you learn and understand what is discussed at school. 

Healthcare professionals are also invited in to school to talk about their experiences of work and giving care. These could range from CAMHS mental health workers to St Johns’ ambulance volunteers. Class visits might be organised to specific care settings.

Student quotes

“Health & Social Care was 100% worth studying as I've always wanted to work with people and in the healthcare sector. It's taught me a range of knowledge from the biological side of diseases to the impact of the NHS and how all this impacts upon people and their individual needs.

Studying this course has been key for me as it's helped me to discuss many different scenarios at interviews for university. From studying this course, I have developed both personally and professionally which have underpinned my decision to become a midwife in the future.” 


Employers, universities and trainers all contributed to the development of this course to ensure it is the qualification to have if you want to work in Health and Social Care, whether you are planning to get there via higher education or entry-level employment such as apprenticeships. 

Of the BTEC Health and Social Care students who entered higher education, 37% studied for a Nursing Degree (HESA 2012). 

This qualification carries UCAS points recognised by higher education institutions and could be taken alongside, for example: 

· A Level Biology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing or Midwifery 

· A Level Sociology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Social Work

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