With an anticipated national shortage within this sector, there is no better time than now to join this industry. This course will give you the skills you need for either university or work and is the first step to your chosen career. Even if you are unsure of the career path you wish to take, this course will raise your awareness of the wide range of rewarding career opportunities that exist.
Many students go on to gain full-time employment straight from this course and a number of former students are studying at top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University studying a range of degrees such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Education (Childhood and Youth Studies), Police and Criminal Investigation, Nutritional Sciences and Social Policy. Careers in Health and Social Care are many and varied; you might go on to work as Social Workers, Case Workers, Nurses, Support Workers, Charity Officers, Counsellors, Health Promotion Specialists, Nutritional Therapists or Probation Officers.
Throughout the course units covered will be:
- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health & Social Care
- Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Social Care
- Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Work Experience in Health and Social Care
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
- Promoting Public Health
- Sociological Perspectives
- Psychological Perspectives
- Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
- Physiological Disorders and their Care
- Caring for Individuals with Dementia
- Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
- Nutritional Health
- Understanding Mental Wellbeing
Equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which 8 are Mandatory and 4 are external. The 4 external units are assessed through examination.
For the duration of the course you will spend one day each week in work placement. Over the two years, students attend three different placements in order to gain a variety of experiences. Whilst in placement you will build a portfolio of evidence which will include activity plans, reflective accounts, supervisor reports and reports of tutor visits.
As well as work placement you will also have the opportunity to attend ‘University Taster Days’. This will give you an insight into University life and gain knowledge of a variety of courses available at HE Level.
Students will also complete a First Aid course as part of the course, which will be beneficial when applying to university and employment.
Mrs K. Hayes
Health & Social Care Teacher
Since studying and Graduating with a BA Hons in Education & Inclusion, it has increased my passion for Education & especially special educational needs. I have taught both Health & Social Care & Childcare GCSE, BTEC Level 2 & 3 and A level throughout my teaching career. I find the subject very interesting as it is a very diverse subject and with it being health and social care, like our NHS Service it is ever changing which allows for lots of discussion. I love teaching the course as it is such a diverse subject it allows teachers to teach to their strengths along with being able to see young people flourish by participating in work placement which allows students to put theory into practice. I enjoy being outdoors and the majority of my interests are outdoor related, some of these include walking & horse riding.
Miss S. Mukhtar
Health & Social Care Teacher
It was whilst I was studying at University when I decided to challenge myself and become a teacher, I graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Criminology. In order to achieve my dream and passion for teaching I successfully completed my PGDE at The University of Bolton. Throughout my career I have taught A Level Sociology, Health and Social Care and Child Care. I truly believe Health and Social Care is an important subject as it provides students with a vast range of knowledge and expertise necessary for a career in Health and Social Care. I love teaching this subject because it’s never dull; every topic brings a new discussion to light and can be applied to todays fast pace diverse society. I believe teaching was the right choice for me as I can make a big difference to young people’s lives and my passion for the subject is what makes my teaching enjoyable and fun!
Number of Students achieving D* - M
I’m an ex academy sixth form student. I studied health and social care level 3 due to studying my level 2 in my school years and enjoying it. I choose this course because I wanted to pursue a career in adult nursing. Throughout this course I studied a lot of core units and also did 3 placements. One at a primary school, 1 at nursing home and also one at a play centre. I’ve gained a lot of other qualifications by doing this course by doing my first aid course, doing a safeguarding course at one on my placements and gaining day to day skills I’d need in the outside world. By doing this course it has helped me gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of what health and social care is about. I have also developed key skills I now need to help me complete my level 2 apprenticeship that I’m now doing in children & young people’s workforce. I also enjoyed being on the course I was studying as the teachers where fantastic, supportive and overall outstanding. In September I will carrying out my level 3 in my apprenticeship and this course has definitely found me a career path I will carry on to pursue from now and into the future.Emma Duckett
This could lead to a career as a….
- Social Worker
- Operating Department Practitioner
- Health Visitor
Sixth Form Prospectus
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