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Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Parkside Sixth

Course description

 Why Health and Social Care?
This BTEC offers a vocationally specific education in Health and Social Care, leading to a qualification that is widely recognised by universities and employers in the occupational sector.  
Students study intensively for a variety of Health and Social Care modules - including a professional placement in the workplace.  The BTEC extended diploma offers an engaging academic programme for those clear about the area of employment or higher education they wish to enter.
The BTEC programme prepares students for employment or university and its main aims are to:
provide full-time learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification
progress to university degrees in subject areas such as Nursing, Social Work, Youth Work, Social Policy, Law, Sociology, Teaching and Criminology
progress to employment in the health and social care sector and access to vocational qualifications such as NVQ and the BTEC Higher National Diploma
provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes
equip learners with the essential skills for successful performance in working life.

Course content

What is in the curriculum?
The curriculum focuses intensively on all areas of the holistic subject of Health and Social Care.  The course is designed to be adaptable and responsive to the needs of the vocational sector, as well as students’ interests, abilities and aspirations.   
The course is made up of 13 units of which 8 are Mandatory and 4 are external. Mandatory content (72%). External assessment (42%).
8 mandatory units (totalling 780 GLH) 4 of these units are assessed externally i.e. Units 1 (Human Lifespan), 2 (Working in H&SC), 3 (Anatomy), 4 (Enquiries Into Current Research), assessed externally (totalling 450 GLH)
Mandatory internal assessed units i.e. Unit 5 (Care and Support Needs), 6 (Work Experience), 7 (Safe Practice), 8 (Promoting Public Health), assessed internally (totalling 330 GLH)
5 optional specialist units (totalling 300 GLH) i.e. Units 10 (Sociology), 11 (Psychology), 12 (Individuals with Additional Needs), 14 (Physiological Disorders), 20 (Mental Health), assessed internally (totalling 300 GLH)
Healthcare professionals need strong communication and teamwork skills, the ability to pay attention to detail, to work on their own initiative, and a genuine concern for the well-being of their patients. Most healthcare workers are employed by the National Health Service (NHS), which is the UK's largest single employer, and includes over 70 different professions.
Social care is about helping people live their lives. Some people often require a little extra practical help. Social care workers provide this practical support to help people maintain their independence and lead fuller lives. Helping out with everyday tasks can make a huge difference to someone's life. If you do decide social care is for you, you need to think about who you want to work with and where you want to work. Broadly speaking, you can choose to work with:
older people
disabled people
people who use mental health services
people with a learning disability
children and families
young people

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Previous study in Health & Social Care is not a requirement, but please outline any relevant interests or experience in your application. 

If you would like to do an additional IB subject alongside your BTEC you can, e.g. Psychology or Biology, you will need a C/B in a relevant subject.



How is it assessed?
There are four external assessments on this course. The internally assessed units will be assessed through a range of written and practical projects as well as oral presentations. You will also need to achieve satisfactory reports from your work placements.

Future opportunities

The BTEC extended diploma in Health and Social Care is the equivalent to three A levels.

On completion of this course, many health and social care students choose to enter higher education. The BTEC extended diploma in Health and Social Care is excellent preparation for entry to a range of academic and vocationally linked degrees, from Sociology to Law; Nursing to Social Work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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