Health and Social Care AAQ Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Board: Pearson

About the subject

This new reformed AAQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care is on offer as a single award (the equivalent of 1 level), known as the Extended Certificate.

All qualifications are fully accredited for UCAS points and a large number of our students progress onto higher education


AAQs are academic and practical, vocational qualifications.  This programme is aimed at students who have a real desire to work in the NHS or affiliated services and care for others in careers as varied as health care assistants, social workers, paramedics, physiotherapists, nurses and clinical psychologists

Learning styles

The Health and Social Care course is designed to develop transferrable skills such as managing yourself and your learning, interpersonal skills, solving problems and personal strength and resilience. We use a range of different teaching methods and you will be helped to identify your own learning style preferences, and how to make best use of these to help you succeed.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Health and Social Care combines well with many other subjects, and the choice will largely be determined by the longer term goals of the student. Biology, psychology, sociology, and English all work well. We can recommend combinations to you, depending on your career aspirations.

The AAQ courses give students a choice of progression options.  Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto Degree programmes or Apprenticeship Schemes, as well as relevant employment opportunities.

Subject Modules and Assessment


Each unit studied is awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the combined marks produce the final overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction or Distinction*.

Unit 1: Human Lifespan and Development – exam

Unit 2: Human Biology and Health – exam

Unit 3: Health and Social care Practice – coursework

Unit 4: Promoting Health Education – coursework

The course consists of two externally examined units and two coursework units. Exams will be taken in May Year 1 and January in Year 2, enabling resits if necessary.

Assessment of coursework is ongoing throughout the year, so from the outset students will have a clear idea of their level of achievement, and this will guide and support careers advice, which is also ongoing throughout the course, and run on an individual basis

Entry requirements

English and Maths at Grade 4.

Students may also be already carrying out voluntary work in a health and social care setting.