Health and Social Care

This course is a great option for you if you have an interest in working professionally with people. This could be in early years work with children as a primary teacher or children’s nurse; it might be in adult health services as a paramedic, midwife, physiotherapist or adult nurse, or in social care services as a social worker. It might be in some other career such as operating department practitioner or occupational therapist.

Whether it’s going straight into a job, degree apprenticeship or moving onto university that you are interested in, the broad nature of advanced level studies in BTEC Health and Social Care will provide you with the background knowledge you need.

A combination of internal and external assessed coursework and an external exam

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All BTEC Health and Social Care (H&SC) courses require students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway.

For both the Extended Certificate (x1 BTEC) and the Diploma (x2 BTEC) students will need to achieve a Merit or higher in Health & Social Care if studied at Level 2. All students will need to achieve a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Science.

For the Extended Diploma (x3 BTEC), students will need to achieve a Merit or higher in Health & Social Care if studied at Level 2 plus a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Science. If not studied at Level 2, students will need to achieve a 5 or higher in GCSE Science.

EXAM BOARD

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COURSE STRUCTURE

The Health and Social Care department has four dedicated teaching rooms in the Elm building. You will have access to textbooks for the duration of the course which you are expected to use productively along with self-directed internet research to complete their assignments.

Our specialist Health and Social Care staff have a variety of different specialisms and this determines which units of the course they teach.

The BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care is available in three forms:

  • Level 3 National Extended Certificate (Equivalent in size to one A Level)
  • Level 3 National Diploma (Equivalent in size to two A Levels)
  • Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Equivalent in size to three A Levels)

BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

This course has four units and is delivered over two years. The four units include:

  • Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

This course has eight units and is delivered over two academic years. The eight units include the four shown for the Extended Certificate course and:

  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Psychological Perspectives

BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma has thirteen units and is delivered over two academic years. The thirteen units include the eight shown above for the Diploma course and:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Nutritional Health
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia
  • Psychological Perspectives

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

In the first year of the course all Extended Certificate and Extended Diploma course students complete two weeks of vocationally relevant work experience. In the second year Diploma and Extended Diploma students also complete two weeks work experience. Typical recent placements include:

  • Day support centers for adults with learning difficulties
  • Residential nursing homes
  • Nursery schools
  • Primary schools
  • Specialist schools for students with severe learning difficulties

We also offer you the opportunity to hear from staff and employers in the field of health and social care through a series of guest speakers.

PREPARTION FOR THE COURSE

We recommend that you carry out some vocationally relevant work experience if you can. You may have already completed one week of work experience in year 10 at school. Try to build on this. You might be able to get part time work in a residential care home, or volunteer in a hospice or hospital environment. You might be able to help out at a local nursery, or summer play scheme. Try to use the contacts that your school, youth club or family have to find something that gives you the opportunity to observe people being cared for in some way. You won’t be performing very complex tasks but you will be able to watch and learn from those with the responsibility for managing the situation, and you will see the caring skills of professionals being demonstrated. Your confidence and communication skills will develop and this will benefit you at college when studying Health and Social Care.

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