Most students will 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 or moving onto university, the broad nature of advanced level studies in BTEC Health and Social Care will provide you with the background knowledge you need.
BTEC Health and Social Care requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a Merit in Health and Social Care (if this was studied at Level 2) plus a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Science. If students did not study Health and Social Care at Level 2, students must achieve a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Science.
THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
The Health and Social Care department has four dedicated teaching rooms in the Elm building. All students have access to textbooks for the duration of the course which they are expected to use productively along with self-directed internet research to complete their assignments.
The 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)
- Physiological Disorders and their Care
- 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
- Work Experience in Health and Social Care
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
HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED?
Each lesson is 70 minutes in duration. In order to complete the coursework components of the qualification we regularly use computer suites as part of the teaching programme.
BTEC Extended Certificate = four lessons per week
BTEC Diploma = eight lessons per week
BTEC Extended Diploma = 10 lessons per week
WORK EXPERIENCE 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 centres for adults with learning difficulties
Residential Nursing Homes
- Nursery Schools
- Primary Schools
- Special schools for students with severe learning difficulties
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
Former students have progressed from college with a level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care to both employment and further study in Higher Education. Recent degree courses taken at university by former students include the following:
- Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability)
- Social Work
- Occupational Therapy
- Operating Department Practice
- Children’s Inter-professional Studies
- Primary School Teaching
- Communication and Public Relations
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE COURSE?
Do some vocationally relevant work experience if you can. Many students will 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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