Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

The first year of this qualification is the Level 3 National Extended Certificate. Students can continue on to the National Diploma in the second year of Sixth Form, upon completion of the National Extended Certificate. 

The health and social care sector comprises of two sub sectors; health care and social care. Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services, for example. The social care sector includes residential nursing care, residential nursing facilities, residential care facilities, domiciliary care and social work. Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, for example.

There are more than 300 distinct career paths in this sector. The sector is a major employer, employing almost four million people across the UK.

Who is this qualification for?

The qualification accounts for two thirds of a two-year full time study programme and is aimed at students intending to go on to further study, probably in this sector. It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. For example, if taken alongside:

  • A Level Biology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing or Midwifery
  • A Level Sociology, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • A Level Psychology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.


No prior study of the sector is needed, however, Grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English is preferred.

What does the qualification cover?

Everyone will study six mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

and the following two options will be studied:

  • Additional needs
  • Nutrition


This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to employment via higher education. It also supports students who choose to progress directly to employment as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for a range of entry level roles, industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships.


Mrs Jeff


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