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Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical Diploma at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

If you like working with people and want to do something rewarding and worthwhile in your adult life, this course may open doors for you. Whether or not you have made up your mind about what you want to do or be when you leave school, health and social care will give you the opportunity to make decisions, to explore the huge number of career options and possibly to rule out any areas that are not for you. We plan to make the course relevant to the working world and hope to enable you to get out to see health and social care in action. We will draw upon the expertise of professionals such as a counsellor, dementia matron, practice nurse, NHS adult safeguarding manager, playgroup leader and care home manager. You will be the next generation of highly qualified adults to enter the health and social care profession.

This course is a vocational qualification leading to a Cambridge technical diploma in health and social care (equivalent to two A levels). The course provides a broad background in health and social care which allows students flexible progression routes and a variety of pathways into various careers. 

Course content

The course consists of coursework units which are internally assessed and externally moderated. There is no examination. A variety of methods may be used to present work for assessment. The focus will be upon high quality evidence which is well researched, referenced and professionally presented.

Over the two years students will gain a total of 120 credits, which is equivalent to a maximum of 280 UCAS points (50 credits worth of mandatory units and 70 credits worth of optional units).

Compulsory units

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care (10 credits) 
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (10 credits)
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care (10 credits) 
  • Development through the life stages (10 credits)
  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care (5 credits)
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care (5 credits)

Optional units

Students will have some opportunity to select the optional units according to their interests and career preferences. Optional units may include some of the following: 

  • Professional and personal development involving work experience (20 credits)
  • Nutrition for health and social care (10 credits)
  • Caring for children (10 credits)
  • Dementia care (5 credits)  
  • Coping with change (5 credits) 
  • Promoting health education (10 credits) 
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour (10 credits)
  • Safeguarding adults (10 credits) 
  • Physiological disorders (10 credits) 
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (10 credits)

Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 B and 2 C grades at GCSE

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme in Health and Social Care.

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme in Health and Social Care is made up of:

Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical Diploma

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

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: 07 October 2016
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