Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3

Did you know that the NHS is the 3rd largest employer in the world with over 1.3 million staff? The NHS offers a huge range of challenging and exciting opportunities with more than 300 different careers on offer. This course will be an opportunity to find out about some of these careers and you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to give you a greater understanding of what it is like to work in the Health, Social Care and Early Years sectors. The course will be covered in lots of different and interesting ways: there will be classroom discussion, visits from health professionals, research, interviews, project work and presentations.

Course outline
The National Diploma in Health and Social Care and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care are both taught over two years. The Diploma is the equivalent of two A levels, whereas the Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A level. Students wishing to complete the Diploma will need to complete eight units, whereas students completing the Extended Certificate will complete four. All students need to complete three compulsory units, Unit 1: Human Lifespan development, Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care and Unit 6: Meeting individual Care and support needs. Students taking the Diploma will also need to complete Unit 5: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care, Unit 12: Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care and Unit 13: Promoting Public Health. Alongside these units, students completing the Extended Certificate will complete one optional unit, and Diploma students will take two. These will be selected from the options available, and include Sociological Perspectives, Psychological Perspectives and Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs.

Assessment across the BTEC is through internal and external assessment. Units 1 and 2 are assessed through a written exam set and marked by Pearson (the exam board). Unit 5
(Diploma only) is a task set by the exam board and completed over 6 weeks in lesson time in school under controlled conditions. This is then marked externally. All other units are assessed through reports and assignments which are assessed in school. As this is a new course, we may review this offer as further details about this and other courses become available to ensure that the course we offer suits our students.

This course will be supported by appropriate texts and materials and students will have access to a wide range of resources and IT facilities.