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Health and Soclal Care Cambridge Technical Diploma (1 and 2 A levels) at Downham Market Academy

Course description

What is Health and Social Care?

This course aims to develop and sustain an interest in the Care Sector with includes health, early years care, education and social care. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the Care Sector and the issues which affect it. You will develop skills which will enable you to make an effective contribution to the Care Sector. This will also include some practical experience.

Why study Health and Social Care?

If you are considering a career in the Health and Social Care sector, this subject will provide you with the skills to make an effective contribution. It will also prepare you for further study and training.

What makes a successful Health and Social Care student?

A student who enjoys the challenge of coursework, meeting deadlines and is able to apply theory into practice during observations. A student who will develop and sustain an interest in issues affecting the Care Sector. Volunteering your time for additional work experience will help to enhance your know ledge in this subject.

What is OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma?

The Diploma in Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification which is equal to one or two A Levels. The course focuses on the health and social care sector, looking at all life stages, services and current legislation. You can take the course as a single A Level option or a double A Level option. The single would be equivalent to one A Level and the double equivalent to two.

Course content

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of a variety of units. All of these units are assessed in the form of assignments. Students will be awarded a Pass , Merit , Distinction or Distinction* by the points gained for the successful achievement of individual units. These are then calculated into UCAS points for students wishing to progress to University.

What will I study?

You will study a range of different units. The range of units could include:

  •  Communication 
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Equality, Diversity an d Rights
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Caring for Older People
  • Caring for People with Additional Needs
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Research Methodology

The Single A Level option would be 6 units The Double A Level option would be 12 units

What opportunities are there for me to study beyond the classroom?

Visits, interviews and observations are necessary and part - time employment can be used towards assessment, where these are appropriate.

Students will get the chance to observe communication skills in settings and produce a health promotion campaign and carry it out to a target audience

Entry requirements

To study this course, what qualifications will I need in which subjects?

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above are required. Students must show an interest in working in a Health and Social Care environment. Students do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE to study it at Sixth Form

Future opportunities

What kind of career does this qualification prepare me for?

Students can enter into employment in a range of Health and Social Care professions. Some direct entry employment is combined with further professional qualifications.

Alternatively, students can enter into higher education, studying a range of Health and Social care degree programmes including, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology and many more.

CTEC Level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels and are recognised by all universities

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downham Market Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September