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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at The Oakes College Cambridge (at The Netherhall School)

Course description

This applied general certificate is equivalent to one A-level. It provides an introduction to the Health and Social Care sector.

The course is divided into four units of work which are taught over the two years. Three of these units are mandatory and one is optional.  The mandatory units are:

Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development:  This is an externally assessed unit with a 90 minute exam.  This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development by learning about factors such as social, environmental, financial or inherited ones which can impact on our development. We also look at a number of theories and models to explain and interpret behaviour through the human lifespan. You will explore the impact on individuals of predictable and unpredictable life events and also study the interaction between the physical and psychological factors of the ageing process.  

Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care:  This is an externally assessed unit with a 90 minute exam. This unit of work will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. You will look at areas such as maintaining the safety of and the safeguarding of individuals with health and social care needs, including at how their personal information is handled appropriately and discrimination is prevented. You will need to know that individuals are responsible to these individuals and to regulatory bodies that represent people who work in this sector. You will also learn about working with people with specific needs such as ill health, learning, physical and sensory disabilities and the needs of individuals of different ages.

Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs : This is an assignment based unit. In it you will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care for individuals. You will examine factors that can impact on the professionals who provide such care and support including the use of multi - agency working. This unit is particularly useful if you are intending to pursue a career in health or social care.

The optional unit will be chosen from the following choices:

  • Unit 10 Sociological perspectives
  • Unit 11 Psychological perspectives
  • Unit 12 Supporting individuals with additional needs
  • Unit 14 Physiological disorders and their care.

It is anticipated that two units will be delivered in year 12 (one assignment and one examination) and the same in year 13.  The examination may take place in the January of each year which will enable the option of a possible resit in June of that year if needed.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.

 

Assessment

It is anticipated that two units will be delivered in year 12 (one assignment and one examination) and the same in year 13.

The examination may take place in the January of each year which will enable the option of a possible resit in June of that year if needed.

Future opportunities

This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate subjects.

It can lead to further study in areas such as:

  • Primary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sports Studies
  • Nursing including areas such as Radiography, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Occupational Science etc.

This course can also lead to employment and apprenticeships within the Health and Social Care and Early Years sectors.

Further information

Contact Mrs J Underwood for further information:  junderwood@netherhallschool.org

Delivery:  Full-time

 

Open Evening:  16 October 2018

Application Deadline:  15 January 2019

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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