Health & Social Care Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Do you care about people? Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives? This course will enable you to develop both the knowledge and the practical skills required for working in the health or social care sectors. It will provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university. Some of the transferable skills that are valued include the ability to; learn independently; research actively and methodically; deliver presentations and be an active group member.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

This course is for students who are interested in learning about health and social care and provides an introduction to this sector. The content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector.

•Developing effective communication

•Equality, diversity and rights

•Health, safety and security.

Each unit is applied to working in a range of care settings, ensuring you have a broad skill set to underpin work in health care. As a result the course will prepare you well for studies in health or social care. You will work both as an individual and in groups, and will develop confidence in your own ability to communicate in a variety of situations, preparing you for your future career.



Assessment consists of six internally assessed units (coursework).

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in a health or social care environment. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to participate with Medical Mavericks; visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the health and social care sector.

Additional Information

A visit to the Trafford Centre is compulsory and part of an assignment to carry out a risk assessment and costs will be met by The Sixth Form.  A visit to Edge Hill University is part of the enrichment programme to gain an insight to the campus and attend subject specific presentations and will incur a cost of approximately £10.00.

Links with other subjects:

A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing. A Levels in English, History or single vocational A Level in Children’s Play, Learning & Development, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.

Future Career Opportunities

On completion of the course, you can progress from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The diverse range of skills developed on the course equips you for a wide range of careers. Former students have progressed into nursing, social work, counselling, teaching, midwifery and mental health. See below for more in-depth information:

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Students benefit from a wide range of classroom activities and an engaging curriculum. Your teacher will guide you through your assessments and will provide thorough feedback to help you improve your work. You will also have the opportunity to develop experience as a student mentor and complete additional qualifications such as first aid.