This highly relevant and fascinating course will explore the diverse and complex nature of the Health and Social Care sectors, which are crucial to the core foundations and beliefs of Britain's much valued Welfare State, especially the NHS and provision for older people or people with disabilities.
Skills and knowledge will be developed as well as an awareness of the needs of particular service user groups, such as early years care and education, older people or individuals with specific needs.
You have a choice whether to study:
The Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
- equivalent to 1 A-level
or the Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care
- equivalent to 2 A-levels
The Diploma provides greater depth and breadth for students specifically considering the Health or Care sectors as future career or university paths.
All students will study the following units:
- Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care
- Equality and diversity
- Anatomy and physiology
- Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care
- Supporting people with learning disabilities
- Nutrition for Health
Students studying the Technical Diploma (2 A-level equivalent) will also learn the following units:
- Infection Control
- Personalised and Person-Centred Approach to Care
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- The impact of Long-Term Physiological Conditions
- Caring for older people
Assessment is via a mixture of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed units.
Extended Certificate = 60% External Assessment
Technical Diploma = 46% External Assessment
External assessment will be set and marked by the exam board. An overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star is then awarded.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Each unit includes teaching, student research and presentations, coursework writing and practical skills. We strongly advise each student to arrange a regular voluntary placement in a health and social care setting to complement their classroom studies. This could be helping with scouts or brownies or supporting in a primary school or serving teas in a care home. Well-qualified and experienced teachers support and guide the progress of coursework and co-ordinate links with professionals and care settings.
This course in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points, enabling students to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects, such as education, social work and nursing. Students could also go on to relevant employment within health and social care services.
Students are expected to purchase USB sticks. They should have class materials for each lesson, and be able to meet their printing and photocopying costs as needed. There may be travel costs involved for attending work experience and a DBS check.