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Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma (Double Award) Level 3 (Block D) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

If you are looking to work within the health and social care sector, such as nursing, midwifery, social work or related careers such as teaching then this is the course for you.

This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to begin professional work in a range of health and social care settings or for an excellent route into higher education. The course content is delivered in a creative way enabling you to be as active and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care.

Course content

The specification is divided into units, each covering different key concepts of Health and Social Care:

Diploma (Double Award) Units (8 Units):

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development  

A. Human growth and development through the life stages

  • Physical development across the life stages 
  • Intellectual development across the life stages
  • Emotional development across the life stages
  • Social development across the life stages

B. Factors affecting human growth and development

  • The nature/nurture debate related to factors
  • Genetic factors that affect development
  • Environmental factors that affect development
  • Social factors that affect development
  • Economic factors that affect development
  • Major life events that affect development

C. Effects of ageing

  • The physical changes of ageing
  • The psychological changes of ageing
  • The societal effects of an ageing population

 

Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs   

A: Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the care and support needs of individuals  

  • Promoting equality, diversity and preventing discrimination
  • Skills and personal attributes required for developing relationships with individuals
  • Empathy and establishing trust with individuals

B: Examine the ethical issues involved when providing care and support to meet individual needs

  • Ethical issues and approaches
  • Legislation and guidance on conflicts of interest, balancing resources and minimising risk

C: Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges

  • Enabling individuals to overcome challenges
  • Promoting personalisation
  • Communication techniques

D: Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs

  • How agencies work together to meet individual care and support needs
  • Roles and responsibilities of key professionals on multidisciplinary teams
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Managing information

Unit 7 - Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care

A: Examine how a duty of care contributes to safe practice in health and social care settings

  • Duty of care
  • Complaints procedures

B: Understand how to recognise and respond to concerns about abuse and neglect in health and social care settings

  • Types and signs of abuse and neglect
  • Factors that could contribute to individuals being vulnerable to abuse and neglect
  • Responding to suspected abuse and neglect
  • Reducing the likelihood of abuse and neglect

C: Investigate the influence of health and safety legislation and policies in health and social care settings

  • Health and safety legislation and policies in health and social care
  • Influence of legislation and policies on health and social care practice

D: Explore procedures and responsibilities to maintain health and safety and respond to accidents and emergencies in health and social care settings

  • Procedures for responding to accidents and emergencies
  • Health and safety responsibilities

 

Unit 8 - Promoting Public Health

A: Examine strategies for developing public health policy to improve the health of individuals and the population

  •  The origins and aims of public health policy
  •  Strategies for developing public health policy
  •  Monitoring the health status of the population
  •  Groups that influence public health policy

B: Examine the factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these factors to improve public health

  • Factors affecting health
  • The socio-economic impact of improving health of individuals and the population

C: Investigate how health is promoted to improve the health of the population

  • The role of health promoters
  • Approaches to promoting public health and wellbeing
  • Approaches to protecting public health and wellbeing
  • Disease prevention and control methods

D: Investigate how health promotion encourages individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their own health

  • Features of health promotion campaigns
  • Barriers to participation and challenging indifference
  • Models and theories that justify health behaviour change
  • Approaches to increasing public awareness of health promotion

 

Unit 2 – Working in Health & Social Care

A. The roles and responsibilities of people who work in the health and social care sector

  • The roles of people who work in health and social care settings
  • The responsibilities of people who work in health and social care settings
  • Specific responsibilities of people who work in health and social care settings
  • Multidisciplinary working in the health and social care sector
  • Monitoring the work of people in health and social care settings

B. The roles of organisations in the health and social care sector

  • The roles of organisations in providing health and social care services
  • Issues that affect access to services
  • Ways organisations represent interests of service users
  • The roles of organisations that regulate and inspect health and social care services
  • Responsibilities of organisations towards people who work in health and social care settings

C. Working with people with specific needs in the health and social care sector

  • People with specific needs
  • Working practices

Unit 11 – Psychological Perspectives

A: Examine how psychological perspectives contribute to the understanding of human development and behaviour

  • Principal psychological perspectives as applied to the understanding of development and behaviour
  • Application of psychological perspectives to health and social care practice
  • Contribution of psychological perspectives to the understanding of specific behaviours

B: Examine the contribution of psychological perspectives to the management and treatment of service users’ specific behaviours

  • Factors that affect human development and specific behaviours
  • Contribution of psychological perspectives to the management of behaviours
  • Contribution of psychological perspectives to the treatment of behaviours

C: Examine how psychological perspectives are applied in health and social care settings

  • Behaviour of service users in health and social care settings
  • Practices in health and social care settings

 

Unit 14 - Physiological disorders and their care

A: Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders

  • Types of physiological disorders and effects on body systems and functions
  • Causes of physiological disorders
  • Signs and symptoms of physiological disorders

B: Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders

  • Investigative procedures for physiological disorders
  • Diagnostic procedures for physiological disorders

C: Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders

  • Provision of treatment and support
  • Types of carers and care settings

D: Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs

  • Care methods and strategies
  • Treatment planning processes

 

Unit 4 - Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care

A. Types of issues where research is carried out in the health and social care sector

  • Purpose of research in the health and social care sector
  •  Issues

B. Research methods in health and social care

  • Research methodologies
  • Planning Research
  • Ethical issues
  • Research skills

C. Carrying out and reviewing relevant secondary research into a contemporary health and social care issue

  • Selecting appropriate secondary sources
  • Evaluation of research
  • Wider applications of research

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*- C at GCSE with at least a Level 5 in GCSE English or BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care (Merit or higher, including a merit in the examined element OR distinction/distinction*)

Assessment

Unit 5 - Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Coursework – Year 12

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development - 1½ hr exam – Year 12

Unit 7 - Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care - Coursework -  Year                 12

Unit 8 - Promoting Public Health - Coursework - Year 12

Unit 11 - Psychological Perspectives – Coursework – Year 13

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care - 1½ hr exam – Year 13

Unit 14 - Physiological disorders and their care - Coursework - Year 13

Unit 4 - Enquiries inot Current Research in Health & Social Care - Controlled                      Assesment - Year 13

Future opportunities

What can I do after I have completed this course?

  • Registered care homes
  • Social work
  • Hospital and primary care trusts
  • Health centres
  • Health visitors
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Doctor
  • Children’s worker
  • Teacher
  • Apprenticeships
  • Foundation/ BA or BSc degree
  • Paediatrician

Further information

IMPORTANT - If you are choosing to do Double Health & Social Care (Diploma) you MUST choose the Single (Subsiduary) from either Block B or D to complete the Diploma Course. 

Please Note:

This is a two year course and no qualification will be gained if only one year is completed

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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