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Health and Social Care at Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Health & Social Care

Edexcel BTEC Level Diploma (2 A Level equivalent)




Course content

Students will learn how to develop the necessary skills to work in the Health & Social Care sectors.  They will learn about supporting the needs of individuals and assess the factors involved in growth, development and healthy living.  They will become aware of the importance of good communication techniques, equality and diversity and health and safety within the Health and Social Care sector.  Students will also study the latest technological developments within the sector.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A-C including Maths and English.


The course consists of the following:

Two externally assessed units which are set and marked by the exam board:  Human lifespan development.  Working in health and social care.

A controlled assessment set internally but marked by the exam board:  Enquiries into current research in health and social care.

Five further units that are set and marked internally:  Meeting individual care and support needs (this is a mandatory unit).  Principles of safe practice in health and social care (this is a mandatory unit).  Promoting public health (this is a mandatory unit).  Two further optional units.

You will also be required to do a period of work experience within the health and social care sector which will be used to scaffold your units of work through realistic case studies.

Two units will be set by the Board on two separate topics.  These will be taught in class and require note taking and observational skills.  There will be one controlled assessment set internally but marked by the board.  You will produce portfolios of evidence for the internally assessed units which will be marked and graded within school.  Throughout the course, you will require some role play, presentation and ICT skills.  Students can explore their creativity and increase self confidence by providing evidence in a variety of different formats.  The final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is calculated externally by the Board based on the point system that each unit carries.

Future opportunities

The course will provide the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in a rewarding career across the Health and Social Care Sector. It will also provide the students with a good foundation to progress on to further study. Students may wish to carry on to university where they could apply for a wide range of courses in related areas, nursing, radiography, teaching or social work for example. if university is not a suitable option, apprenticeships are now available in a wide range of job options across the sector. The qualification can also lead to a variety of job opportunities working with children, young people and adults across a wide range of Health and Social related careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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