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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

The course contains 3 mandatory units:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

It also has optional units including:

  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Physiological Disorders

 

Course content

The course contains 3 mandatory units:

  • Human Lifestyle Development - Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in Health and Social care - Learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs - Learners focus on teh principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support needs, which are the foundation of all care prinicples.

It also has optional units, including:

  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Physiological Disorders

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs graded C or higher, including English and Maths

Assessment

Therer ar three main forma of assessment for this qualification: external, internal and synoptic.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in teh Health and Social Care suite are:

  • Examinations - all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks - learners take teh assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

The styles of internal assessment used include; writing up the findings of their own research, using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carrying out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes and demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate tools - processes etc.

Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, as appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector. Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed.

Future opportunities

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. it carries UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education provides as contributing to the entry requirements for a wide range of degree programmes in the health and social care sector.

It can for example be taken alongside A-levels for those wishing to complete degree in Nursing, primary education, Social Work and Sports Studies and Development.

Further information

For further information about this qualification contact the Careers Coordinator at the College.

This course is usually delivered as part of a full time programme

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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