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Health & Social Care

With an anticipated national shortage within this sector, there is no better time than now to join this industry. If you are thinking of a career in the Health or Social care sector then this is the BTEC course for you.  This course is worth the equivalent to 1 GCSE and will give you the skills you need for college and eventually 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 within the health sector.   

This course helps to build confidence in our students whilst also covering a wide range of subjects and equips students with skills that will be welcomed by colleges and universities.  

Where can you go from here?

Many students go on to study Health and Social Care or Childcare in our Sixth Form.

health-social-user-journey-screenYour Child’s Journey in Health & Social Care

You can download this document to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they choose Health & Social Care as one of their options.  

 

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BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Health & Social Care. This 2 GCSE Course provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and helps you to develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the care industry, such as:
  • Initiative and positive communication skills to support people with a diverse range of needs
  • Developing project/self-management and independent learning skills by investigating opportunities for employment in the industry, as well as exploring provision of services in the sector.
What will I study?
The course consists of 8 Health & Social care units.  All students study these 4 mandatory units along with 4 optional units:
  • Human Lifespan development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Development through the life stages
  • Effective Communication in Health & Social Care
What’s the length of the course?     Full-time for two academic years.
How will I be assessed?
You will be continually assessed by course work over the duration of the course and may achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade depending on the amount of work produced and the quality of that work. You will be continually assessed by Coursework over the duration of course as well as a formal examination.
What can I progress on to?
Progression onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care or an advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care. You could progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care, a Nursing Cadet course or the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.
Other important information
You will receive support from a competent and approachable team, that are experienced in the Health or Social Care sector. You should develop the communication and supportive skills that are vital for working in this sector.
BTEC Level 3 Extended  Diploma in Health & Social Care 
Overview
This three A Level equivalent course is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in Health or Social Care. It provides a practical insight into a range of Health & Social Care related topics and will include a substantial amount of valuable work experience. Your skills in communication, problem solving, team working and time management should develop as a result of taking this course.
What will I study?
The course consists of 18 Health & Social care units.  All students study these 8 mandatory units:
  • Developing effective communication
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Health, Safety & security in Care settings
  • Development through the life stages
  • Fundamentals of anatomy & Physiology
  • Personal & professional development
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
Learners also study at least 10 optional units covering topics such as Nutrition, Safeguarding and working in the health sector. In addition to your main course and work placement, you will gain a certificate in First aid.
What’s the length of the course?  Full-time for two academic years.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via coursework.  You will be assessed through assignment tasks and practical experiences. Assignments are based on real life scenarios that you would encounter in a Health and social care setting and many of the task are directly linked to your work placement.  Assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
What qualifications do I need?
This qualification is recommended for those who have achieved four or more A* – C Grade GCSEs including English or have completed a BTEC First at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.  You will also need a satisfactory police check (DBS).
What can I progress on to?
Progression into Higher Education or employment in the care sector, may be possible.
Other important information
You will receive support from a competent and approachable team, that are experienced in the Health or Social Care sector. You should develop the communication and supportive skills that are vital for working in this sector.

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When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest,  strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be  applied.

Herophilus

Greek Physician

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