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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 at Wanstead High School

Course description

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education to ensure that it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved; in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested working in that sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study 6 mandatory units, covering the following content areas:
- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Support Needs
- Safe Practice
- Research
- Public Health

Students will also select 2 option units that support their progression to specialised degree programmes and which cover the biological and sociological/psychological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector.

In addition to the sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean that students develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both Universities and employers.

Students will be involved in work placements as part of the course, to develop a better understanding of the demands of working in the sector and to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the sector when applying for further study.

The course will be assessed through internal coursework tasks, external exams and external board-set tasks.

Entry requirements

Students should have passed 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English (Grade 4-9). GCSE Grade C in Science, Child Development, Sociology, Food Technology or Health and Social Care will be an advantage, but not compulsory.

Future opportunities

Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care provides a good grounding to go on to higher education or to start work. The health and social care sector comprises 2 sub sectors; health care and social care. Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services. The social care sector includes residential care facilities, domiciliary care and social work. Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy. Many of our health and social care students also go on to train to be teachers. There are more than 300 distinct career pathways in this sector. The sector is a major employer, employing almost 4 million people across the UK.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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