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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form


Health & Social Care


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and Extended Diploma

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Entry Requirements

Standard BTEC entry requirement.

Course Overview

This course is aimed at individuals who have a passion for subjects in health and social care. Many students who study this course have ambitions to become a midwife, nurse, social worker, teacher, councillor and many more areas within the healthcare community.

In this exciting course, you will develop transferable skills such as teamwork and communication. You will be given opportunities to speak with a variety of employers and investigate the opportunities available for further study, apprenticeships and other avenues of employment.

Some of the content you will study with this course are:

This two-year study programme will give you the opportunity to develop skills and experiences that will help you to pursue a career in the vast world of Health and Social Care.The study programme will allow you to gain knowledge in a wide variety of subjects areas including psychology, public health, human growth and development and research amongst many others. You will gain valuable insight from real life practitioners in a range of employments, as well as support to get additional experience from Health & Social Care academies run by Bedfordshire NHS trust.

Assessment Methods

This is a BTEC and comprises a mixture of internal and external assessment dependent on the level of study you complete.

The ‘Extended Certificate’ is the equivalent to 1 A level and consists of 4 units, of which 2 are externally assessed and 2 are internally assessed. External assessment = 58% of the grade.

The ‘Extended Diploma’ is the equivalent to 3 A levels, and consists of 18 units, of which 4 are external assessments. External assessment = 42% of the grade.

QE6 Extras / Co-Curriculum Opportunities

Opportunities for additional experience through NHS Health & Social Care academy.

Trips and visits to support learning.

Speakers and Q&A with different industry professionals.


Many students continue on to Higher Education at University to study their chosen profession such as nursing, teaching, counselling, midwifery etc. Students can also take an alternative route into their career through higher level apprenticeship, such as Health Visitor apprenticeship, or Nursing apprenticeships.