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Health and Social Care BTEC First Extended Certificate at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will develop your Health and Social Care skills and get a basis for progressing to employment or more advanced work-related qualifications. There are six modules: – communication and rights – individual needs in health and social care – vocational experience – health and social care services – diet – health and human lifespan development

The course runs three days a week for one year. You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English or ESOL and do a work experience placement for which you will need a DBS check.

Course content

You will take part in a variety of lively discussions, projects and classroom based activities such as designing a healthcare plan or presenting a case study. You will also do a 3 week work placement to reinforce your learning which will involve applying your skills and keeping a diary of what you have learnt. You will also have language classes and a maths lesson to reinforce the skills you will need in the workplace, for further study and for daily life.

Entry requirements

GCSE maths and English at grades A-C, plus a College assessment and interview and an appropriate level of English.



For the vocational qualifications you will produce a portfolio of evidence which may include completed assignments, presentations and activities delivered in class and a work placement diary. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course to ensure you stay on track. The work is internally assessed and graded. In addition you will take exam-based assessments in English or ESOL and Maths, leading to Functional Skills qualifications.


Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or employment as a care worker or support worker with a variety of client groups.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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