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Health and Social Care

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 601/7198/4
Qualification Type National Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The College is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which boasts 3 world class hospitals. Training in health care will mean you are never out of work! Our close links with the Biomedical Campus mean that we are able to offer a bespoke hospital work experience program which supports students in applications for nursing as well as having an in depth understanding of the range of different professions available.

The course is equivalent in size to three A Levels and designed to support progression to health and social care related degrees, or go directly into the field.


The Course is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels.  Students need to complete 8 compulsory unit, indicated below in italic and a for 5 optional units, the optional units selected will be decided in consultation with the class teacher.

Human Lifespan Development

Working in Health and Social Care

Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Work Experience in Health and Social Care

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Promoting Public Health

Infection Prevention and Control

Sociological Perspectives

Psychological Perspectives

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Physiological Disorders and their Care

Policy in Health and Social Care

Caring for Individuals with Dementia

Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs

Nutritional Health

Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Biochemistry for Health

How will it be delivered?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is mainly assessed through coursework, which is internally marked and verified by the BTEC assessment team. Progress is measured throughout the course to allow you to gauge and measure your own progress continuously with the support of your tutors. You will also complete 4 exams.

Each coursework based unit usually has a written assignment in the form of a written project, although assessment can also take the form of an individual presentation, observation in the workplace or simulation in the learning environment. You will also be required to maintain a work placement log book detailing their personal experiences and development.  

Each unit has specific assessment criteria at pass, merit and distinction levels. The evidence needed to achieve each level will be specified in the assignment brief written by your tutor.   

Four of the Units are externally assessed (Human Lifespan Development ; Working in Health and Social Care; Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care)

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Health and Social Care suite are:

  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome 
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are 5 Grade 9-4 GCSEs with an average GCSE grade of 5 including, Maths (grade 5) and English (grade 4).

Your next steps...

Students graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will be exceptionally well prepared to progress into higher education, work or an apprenticeship, ready to build careers that contribute to the Cambridge success story.


Graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will give you a head start when it comes to choosing a university. Employers are seeking specialist science staff in all areas, and a degree will help take your career to the next level. 


Our employer partners are highly supportive of apprenticeships, and offer opportunities to our students. Apprentices are paid while they train, attending college one day a week and learning hands-on in the workplace as they gain valuable qualifications. They also offer an alternative route to higher education. 


The Cambridge area is full of highly successful employers ready to take on new staff who leave Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology with an impressive range of specialist qualifications – ready to go straight into the workplace and develop their careers. 

More specifically, BTEC Health and Social Care is equivalent in subject content and difficulty to completing 3 A level courses and can open doors to a number of career options in the healthcare sector, for example nursing, health care assistant, paramedic amd social work.  For more details about careers in the NHS please check


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