Rationale for these BTEC qualifications in Health and Social Care The BTEC level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care/Health and consequently act as a robust introduction to both sectors. They prepare learners for employment in the sectors or for higher education. They are also mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was developed as part of the Agenda for Change process for updating the way NHS staff roles are de¬ ned and developed. Learners will bene¬ t from gaining a number of mandatory units as well as a wide range of optional and specialist optional units according to the route embarked on. They will also bene¬ t from gaining work experience in the sectors. These opportunities will aid career choices and potentially attract learners into the sectors. These quali-fications lend themselves to creative delivery, using learners’ work experience as a focal point and enabling learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care. The variety of endorsed titles enable learners to focus on a sector of particular interest or relevance to them, whilst the unendorsed pathway enables those learners who are unsure of potential career pathways to gain a more general health and social care quali¬fication. The units that are common to all endorsed titles provide opportunities for flexible delivery within centres. The BTEC level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care encourage a holistic approach with strong links identified between the delivery and assessment of appropriate units. A key feature is also the opportunity throughout the duration of the programme for learners to produce a personal and professional development portfolio, which links many aspects of their programme, as well as experiences outside the programme.