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Stafford Manor High School Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Diploma Pearson (Block E) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

This course may be taken as an Extended Certificate in Block D or as a Diploma Block D and Block E.

This course is aimed at students who wish to go into careers such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other health and social care related occupations. The course is equivalent to one A Level for the Extended Certificate or two A Levels for the Diploma.

Course content

Extended Certificate: The course is made up of four units of study; two are externally assessed exams (Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development and Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care) and two are internally assessed assignments (Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs).

Diploma: The course is made up of eight units of study. Three are externally assessed exams (Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development, Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care and Unit 4 Current Research Issues in Health & Social Care). Five are internally assessed assignments (Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs, Unit 8 Promoting Public Health, Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care, Unit 19 Nutritional Health and Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care). Two weeks of work experience each year is integral to the Diploma course to develop skills and understanding and to contextualize learning. Successful work placement experience will also aid progression to employment and university.  Please note that students will need to be DBS checked and will need to secure their own suitable work experience placements in health and social care settings. The Partnership works with Royal Stoke University Hospital and Staffordshire University to provide placement opportunities at Stafford and Stoke Hospitals.

Entry requirements

To study the Technical  and Applied General Programme, you should have achieved an 9-4 or A*-C above in at least five different subjects with a grade 4  or above in English Language and mathematics and a 5 in the subject to be studied/related subject to be studied.

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Future opportunities

Students may progress to university where there are a wide range of courses leading to careers in health or social care. This course would not be a recommended route for child care, primary school teaching, dentistry or medicine. Learners not wishing to go to university may choose to develop their practical skills by training in the workplace and could apply of a Health & Social Care apprenticeship, or progress to employment as a care worker. Learners wishing to progress to midwifery, paramedic science or physiotherapy should take a science A level alongside the BTEC, as required by most universities.

Further information

BTEC suggest up to eight hours of independent study are required per week to support class work. Therefore, organisation of work and time are fundamental to success. Students should enjoy working collaboratively with others to develop interpersonal and team work skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12EChNH1