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Health and Social Care : BTEC National Diploma at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Course description

BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care is a very popular and successful vocational course. The course involves finding out about topics from psychology and human behaviour to human growth and development. There is a research assignment where you will have the opportunity to choose your own topic and produce a questionnaire and carry out a research project. You will study health and safety issues; communication skills and practical counselling skills. You will study a variety of units including Health Education which involves carrying out a health campaign. You will also have the opportunity to go out on work placement and gain valuable work experience in health and social care. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-level. The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Course content

This course has both internally and externally assessed components. Internally assessed units require students to: • write up the findings of their own research • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate workplace values and practices. These requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed though presentations, role play and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. The number of assignments that need to be completed varies depending on the number of A - Levels the course is equivalent to. Externally assessed units: • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate has two written exams, each lasting 1.5 hours. • The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma has two written exams, each lasting 1.5 hours and an externally assessed coursework task that lasts 3 hours. • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma has three written exams, each lasting 1.5 hours and an externally assessed coursework task that lasts 3 hours. Depending on the course followed, students are required to complete up to 100 hours of work experience. Students on the Diploma and Extended Diploma courses, must complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12 to be able to continue with their studies in Year 13.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths – D

GCSE English – D

Assessment

This course is entirely assessed with coursework and you must complete 100 hours work experience in a health and social care setting. Methods of assessment will also include presentations, role play and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions.

Students are expected to complete the equivalent of the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma by the end of Year 12 to be able to proceed into Year 13 studies.

Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

Future opportunities

This course can equip you to go university where you can study a variety of subjects including Social Work, Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology  or onto further training opportunities for example in Child Care and ultimately work within many roles such as a Primary/Secondary Teacher, Social Worker, Care Worker, Nursery Worker and Nursing.

Further information

Please contact the Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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