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Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Certificate or Diploma at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

The aim of this course is to develop knowledge, understanding and application of Health and Social Care needs in relevant practical settings. Health and Social Care considers the needs of all individuals within society which ranges from babies to the elderly. You will also develop practical application of skills that will help you in future vocational work through 100 hours of hands on work experience within your chosen specialist area if you are completing the diploma qualification.

The expectations to be successful are, on top of taught structured lessons, students thoroughly engage in research and independent learning outside of the classroom.

You will be expected to plan and carry out tasks in which you will:

  • Analyse current issues and problems
  • Identify, gather and record relevant information and evidence
  • Analyse and evaluate evidence
  • Make reasoned judgements presenting conclusions

At S6C, we will be studying eight units over the two years, two of which are externally assessed as an exam. The Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A Level and the Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels at the end of year 2.

If you are interested in a future career working with people particularly in the areas of Health and Social Care then this is the course for you. Your teachers have a wealth of experience and knowledge in a variety of Health and Social Care settings with specific specialisms, as well as outstanding delivery of BTEC.

Lessons are engaging through enthusiastic approaches bringing to life theories and current trends to enhance understanding. Students will have opportunities to visit a variety of settings within Health and Social Care as well as learning from outside agencies and guest speakers.

Course content

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Unit 5 4 – Enquires into Current Research in Health and Social Care (Externally Assessed Coursework)
  • Unit 6 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)
  • Unit 6 – Work Experience in Health and Social Care (Coursework)
  • Unit 7 –Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (Coursework)
  • Unit 8 – Promoting Public Health (Coursework)
  • Unit 23 – Nutritional Health (Coursework)

If you are studying the extended certificate you will only complete four units which are unit 1, unit 2, unit 5 and unit 10 – Sociological Perspectives.

Work Placements

  • day centres for the elderly/individuals with disabilities, residential home/end of life care (dementia), nursery, primary school etc.

Trips & Visits

  • ​There will be a course related trip to Disneyland Paris during the spring half term which is optional and can extend knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A*-C including at least 2 Bs.

Future opportunities

Typical degree courses taken by former Health & Social Care students include Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Children’s Inter-Professional Studies, Primary Teaching, Childhood Studies, Health Studies, Social Science Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Care and Education Guidance and Counselling, Paramedic Science and Occupational Therapy.

Additionally, BTEC Health & Social care leads to Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeships in, for example, Pathology Services and more recently Southampton Hospital are offering level 4 and 5 apprenticeships leading into nursing.

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What our students think

“I chose Health and Social Care because it was something new and different that fitted in with what I thought I wanted to do next year. I enjoy how the content is taught and the interactions between all the students and teacher as well as all the enjoyable role plays.”

Ellie, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School

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: 12 September 2016
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