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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Health and Social Care

Head of Department:  Ali Wright

BTEC Health and Social Care is a modular specification designed to introduce you to a wide range of health related topics.  BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one GCE A Level.

This course is suitable for you if you are interested in working in related fields in the future. You will need to have achieved the College’s entry requirements for tertiary education.

The course will appeal to those students who:

  • Enjoy interaction with others
  • Are keen to build on their communication skills
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Want to keep their options open for Higher Education and careers
  • Have an interest in working in the Health or Social Care sectors at any level.

Course content

The modules that are studied are:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives


  • Units 1 and 2 are assessed through external exams
  • Units 5 and 11 are assessed through internally assessed written assignments

Higher education and career opportunities

This interesting and varied course will provide you with a wide range of options for higher education or full time employment in the related sectors.

The qualification provides learners with a range of knowledge, understanding and skills which are highly regarded by employers, with the potential for further professional development.

This course can provide an excellent vocational skill set making you highly employable in an increasingly competitive job market.  Alternatively you will be equally prepared to pursue higher education with this qualification which is well regarded by universities. 

Students may go on to pursue Higher Education in related courses including:

  • Teacher training
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Early Years Education
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Employment opportunities exist in:
  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Prison Service
  • Emergency Services