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BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care at Didcot Sixth Form College

Course description

Level 3 This course is Coursework based and is highly recognised by universities Double Option.This course is equivalent to 2 A2 qualifications and appears in 2 option blocks. Students then continue into to Year 13 to complete the Diploma (2x A2s) .

In Year 12 students look at the essential communication skills required to work successfully in the Health and Social Care sector and they are expected to undertake observed interactions. They learn about the Care Values that are required to ensure that all service users have their needs met andlearn about relevant anti-discriminatory legislation and practice. Health and Safety requirements and legislation needed to ensure the safety of service providers and service users are studied. Students look at the anatomy and physiology of human body systems and carry out practical measurements.Unit 6 runs throughout Years 12 and 13. This involves action planning, target setting and reviewing and reflecting on the student’s own development. They look at factors that affect learning and the roles of service providers.

Year 13 introduces students to the factors and events that affect growth and development through the life stages and the development of the individual. It also looks at theories of ageing. They look at the application of different sociological approaches to the understanding of health and illness.Students are introduced to the different Psychological perspectives and encouraged to apply these to understand challenging behaviour.

Unit 17 and Unit 18 introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of workers in a chosen sector, how each sector fits into the National framework and the importance of multi-disciplinary working.

The final unit introduces the role of complimentary therapies in Health and Social Care and requires selective research and the ability to recognise the bias and reliability of chosen sources.

Entry requirements

If you achieve at least 5 C grades or above or the equivalent youcould consider Advanced Level courses.However, for the majority of Level 3 subjects B grades at GCSEare required. Specific grade requrements for subjects are available from staff and will be discussed at interview .

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Didcot Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years