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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

BTEC Health and Social Care provides a knowledge and understanding of the health care sector in a vocational context. On completion of the course you will be able to analyse and evaluate different perspectives of health, you will gain imperative skills needed to work in the health care sector such as effective communication skills, empathy, professionalism, critical thinking, problem solving, intrapersonal skills and many more.

There are two mandatory external examinations, one mandatory internal module and one optional unit. In year 12 we will look at the study of human lifespan development looking at the different life stages each individual passes through and how life events can impact on our growth and development.

The course will look at many relevant issues that shape how healthcare professionals should conduct their work within health and social care settings and how they benefit patients:

  • Can healthcare professionals have an impact on an individual’s lifespan?
  • Are we disadvantaged in terms of the healthcare we receive based on the demographics of where we live?
  • How does social class, gender and even race affect your health and care.
  • Are we really at a disadvantage going to school in a socially deprived area?
  • Living in a socially deprived area
  • Is our health compromised by discrimination? Is this fair?

Course content

What will I learn?

BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Certificate provides a knowledge and understanding of the healthcare sector in a vocational context. On completion of the course you will be able to analyse and evaluate different perspectives of health you will gain imperative skills needed to work in the health care sector such as:

  • effective communication skills
  • empathy
  • professionalism
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • interpersonal skills

and many more.

There are 3 mandatory unit including two external examinations and one optional unit.

Mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development (External Examination)
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (External Examination)
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Optional Units

  • Unit 10 – Sociological perspectives in HSC
  • Unit 11 – Psychological perspectives in HSC
  • Unit 12 – Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders and their Care

Entry requirements

Students will need to have a grade 4 or higher in English and grade Cs in GCSE Science(s). A wider interest in the health and social care industry, and a willingness to research and produce work independently would be a significant advantage.

Assessment

To pass this course you will need to pass the two external examinations. You are also expected to meet deadlines for assignments for each unit of study.

Assessment methods will include:

  • practical work
  • group work
  • presentations
  • essays
  • discussions

The external examinations are mandatory and have to be passed in order to continue on the course.

Future opportunities

Education progression opportunities

This course is a good starting point if you want to follow a career in Health and Social Care. This course can lead to employment, however; you would be expected to undertake further training or university for further study. This is an ideal course for those who wish to work in Health and Social Care environments or those who wish to move on to study in Higher Education in the area of Health and Social Care.This course is a full time course and can be studied over two years alongside other BTEC or A Levels which will support progression to higher education.

Career progression opportunities

  • Adult Nursing
  • Working with people with Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Midwifery
  • Social care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Apprenticeship in the health and social care sector.

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: 28 November 2017
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