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Health and Social Care BTEC First Cert at Parliament Hill School

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Exam board: Edexcel available on www.edexcel.org.uk/btec Team Leader: Mrs L. Lipetz, Hsc@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? This BTEC First Certifi cate (Level 2) is a nationally recognised vocational qualifi cation which offers an insight into Health and Social Care. If all work is completed, students gain the equivalent of two GCSEs at grades A* to C. Health and Social Care is an expanding vocational subject, due to initiatives to improve the population’s health and provide better care services and training for nurses and those who work in care. If you like working with others and are interested in working with and helping babies, children, teenagers, adults or the elderly, then this is the course for you. It is also interesting if you want to learn more about improving your own health and improving your communication skills. After Level 2, students can follow a Level 3 course and then choose from a range of further opportunities including employment or Higher Education courses such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences. Quote from Year 11 “I chose Health and Social Care because I want to be a nurse. So far it has been really interesting because you get to take part in lots of discussions about life, yourself and others. It is a bit of Psychology, Sociology, Communication and Health all in one subject. I enjoyed writing about an unpredictable life event that happened to me, as it was the fi rst time I was able to say how my life was affected by this life event. There is a lot of coursework to complete by set deadlines, but I like that challenge as it keeps me focused. I also take pride in presenting my work using Power Point or Word, as all the assignments have to be presented neatly using computers and have to show all the sources of information that I used to produce my work.” Year 10 Health and Social Care Student Assessment % breakdown (assessed coursework and external exam) Assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Overall grade is Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *, dependent on the completion of all set assignments during the whole course and grades awarded. There are no exams Tiers on entry Untiered Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students are expected to have gained a Merit or Distinction at Level 2 to study the AGCE or the BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3) at LaSwap or FE colleges. (Students must also have additional GCSE qualifi cations at A* to C grades to go onto Level 3 courses) Description of course This is a two year, level two BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care. The Certifi cate enables students to learn basic skills in caring and covers much of the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for work in the health and social care sector. Students take part in discussions and have to produce a portfolio of work and assignments covering 3 units. All 3 units require students to produce class work and complete assignments set by the teacher, based on the learning outcomes set by Edexcel. Assignments are assessed by the teacher and are also internally and externally moderated. Successful completion is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at grade A* to C Year 10 Unit 6: Human Lifespan Development: • Human Growth and Development from Birth to Old Age • Positive and Negative Socio-Economic Infl uences • Life Events – Positive & Negative, Predictable & Unpredictable • Self Concept • Care Needs Unit 2 : Individual Care Needs Within the Health and Social Care Sectors: • The Needs of Individuals in Society • Factors Infl uencing the Health and Needs of Individuals Year 11 Unit 2 : Individual Care Needs Within the Health and Social Care Sectors: • Hazards in Health and Social Care Environments • Health and Safety Legislation and Guidelines Unit 1 : Communication and Individual Health Rights Within the Health and Social Care Sectors • Ways of Promoting Effective Communication • Barriers to Effective Communication • Diversity and Equality in Society • The Care Value Base (How to ‘value’ the service users you work with) Events / trips / residential information Trips, events and guest speakers will be linked closely to the course and the work set during the course. Useful websites www.edexcel.org.uk/btec

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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