Health & Social Care | Rainhill6th
Subject Type: Vocational
Details of Exam Board: This subject can be taken as a single award (Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care) or as a double award (Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care).
Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS at Liverpool Hope
  • BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam
  • BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill University

Course Aims

The course aims to provide you with specialist subject knowledge (child care, relevant legislation and social support for example) that challenges you to apply the knowledge to given work based scenarios.

Understanding the many factors that influence an individual’s development and how this relates to their care needs is vital if wishing to establish any career path in health and social care. Health and Social Care is a mix of internally assessed assignments and external examinations. Both allow students to choose their topic areas often relevant to them and their families. It is taught through a mix of group work, discussions, independent research, examination techniques and practice, relevant training videos and pod casts, visiting speakers. Unit 6 for those choosing the Diploma (double award) is a work placement in a Health or Social care setting. 20% of this can be an Early Years setting, such as a nursery


Students studying Health and Social Care progress to a range of destinations. Some follow degree courses in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Child Care. Other students move onto apprenticeships or foundation degrees in nursing or Healthcare Sciences.

This subject would also support progression into the world of work in a range of caring roles including child care, children’s services, housing officer & residential warden.


For the single award students complete four units in total, two of them are assignment based and two are external examinations.

For the double award students complete eight units in total, five of them are assignment based and three are external examinations.

The assignments will be set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario.

The external examinations will be set and marked by the exam board.