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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

During the course you will study eight units, these will include topics such as human lifespan development and physiological disorders and their care. You will also study topics such as nutritional health and safe practices in health and social care.

Opportunities will be provided for you to undertake work experience in an area of health and social care which is of personal interest to you. The work experience will be planned and organised by the student and will inform part of the assessments in the first year of study. Work settings include a nursery, an elderly care environment or even a hospital. 

The National Diploma (double award) in health and social care will allow you to study a variety of topics covered in eight units over the two years. Studying these units will give you the chance to build awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in health and social care. 

There will be group work and role play activiries as well as individual assignments throughout the two years which will be based around the work placements that you undertake.

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Not available

Route 2 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or BTEC/OCR at Merit or above (including Grade 5 in English Language)

Route 3 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or BTEC/OCR at Merit or above (including Grade 5 in English Language)

Assessment

The BTEC National Diploma is built up with eight units over two years. Some of these are compulsory units that the examination board has stated learners must complete.

First Year

  • Human Lifespan Development - this is a compulsory externally assessed unit. Learners will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of aging. 
  • Working in Heath and Social Care - this is a compulsory externally assessed unit. Learners will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. 
  • Promoting Public Health - this is a compulsory internally assessed unit which explores the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting and encouraging behaviour change in the population.
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care Settings - this is a compulsory internally assessed unit which explores the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings

Second Year

  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs - this is a compulsory internally assessed unit which allows learners to focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals' care and support needs, which are the foundation of all care disciplines.
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care - this is a compulsory external unit which will help learners to explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services.
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care - this unit is internally assessed and aims to develop the learners understanding of physiological disorders, the procedures for diognosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.
  • Nutritional Health - this unit is internally assessed which allows learners to explore concepts of nutritional health and influences on dietary intake, and learn how to assess and improve health through nutrition plans for individuals.

Future opportunities

This course covers areas which are essential to health and social care and would be suitable for students considering a career in the many avenues open to them with this qualification. It will allow you to progress on to further study in a broad range of occupational areas. Or you may decide to move straight into employment.

Possible career pathways may include, child care, nursing, paediatrics, midwifery, social work, teaching/similar careers, police officer, probation officer/YOT, medicine, paramedics, health visitor, mental health, counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2017
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