The course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career in the health and social care sector and provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. It helps develop study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, presentations and work experience.
The course is made up of 13 units of study that includes many different aspects of health and social care. There are 8 mandatory units and these include 3 which have externally set exams related to human lifespan development, anatomy and physiology and working in health and social care.
The rest of the units are work related assignments which are assessed by a variety of existing methods, these units include areas such as public health, individual care and support needs & safe working practices.
Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. The one day a week placement, arranged with you, is tailored to your future employment or higher education progression. Tutors are always grateful for any ideas or contacts for placements. Students can work in a variety of different settings. These include nurseries, nursing homes, day centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation units, mental health units (including secure units), home care, women's hostels, hospices and hospitals. (Please note hospital places are available but limited).
You will also be required to devote time outside of taught classes to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines. Course enrichment includes a range of activities to support assignment work and career/higher education progression. There are regular trips, taster days at universities and visiting speakers. These include visits to London, College of Nursing and Houses of Parliament,
In order for you to study on this programme you will need to have already achieved a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and English.
BTEC Health and Social Care courses are assessed mostly by course work however there will also be some exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course
Where can it lead?
Health and social care is one of the largest industry sectors and offers an extensive choice of careers. Students who successfully complete this course can apply to university/higher education courses. Past students have gone on to study Nursing, Midwifery, Social work, Early childhood studies, Occupational therapy, Youth and community work, Operating department practitioner, Applied social sciences, Psychology and sociology. There are direct employment opportunities from Level 3, for example hospital health care assistants, care home and domiciliary assistants etc.