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Health and Social Care A Level at Sherburn High School

Course description

Most people will gain employment where they are working with people. Over 40% of the working population are employed by caring organisations either in the Statutory Sector i.e. The NHS and Social Services including schools or the independent sector through private and voluntary organisations. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care will provide you with some of the skills you will need for a career in the caring professions

Course content

First Year Units –

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development
This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development, and the experience of health and wellbeing. You will learn about factors that can influence human growth, development and human health. Some of these are inherited and some are acquired through environmental, social or financial factors during our lifespan.

Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Needs
In this unit, you will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. You will examine factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services.

Second Year Units -

Working in Health and Social Care
This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. You will begin by looking at the range of roles and general responsibilities of people who work in health and social care settings. You will learn about the organisations that provide services in this sector, and the different settings in which these services are delivered according to the needs of the service user.

Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders
In this unit, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of physiological disorders and how they are investigated and diagnosed. You will also learn about the different types of treatment and support available for individual service users, including surgery, rehabilitation and complementary therapies.

Study methods
Students will sit one examination in each year. They will also be assessed in two portfolio/coursework units.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at C or above including English. Students should have achieved, if studied, at least a Merit at Level 2 in Health and Social Care although intervention will be put in place for those without this requirement. It would be useful but not essential if students studied Biology or Psychology alongside Health & Social Care.


Year 1
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development - Examined
Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Needs – Coursework Based

Year 2
Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care – Examined unit
Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders – Coursework Based

Future opportunities

The course will provide a good foundation for students who are considering a career in the Health Service, Social Services, the Police Service, Teaching or any career in which there is an element of working with people.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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