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Health & Social Care BTEC at Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What is BTEC Health and Social Care?

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification eqivilant to two A Levels. The coursefocuses on the health and social care sector, looking at all life stages, services, communication skills, sociological andpsychological perspectives and current legislation. It also includes some practical work experience.  You will be able tostudy an additional A Level or BTEC subject alongside this qualification. This will depend on your GCSE grades and willbe discussed during your Sixth Form interview.  

Why study BTEC Health and Social Care?

This qualification prepares students for direct employment into the vocational sector in a range of Health and SocialCare professions or to progress to higher education. You will also benefit from gaining work experience in Health,Social Care and Early Years settings.  

What makes a successful BTEC Health and Social Care student?

A student who enjoys learning the skills needed to work in the care sector. Professionalism in a range of placementsettings is required and a commitment to make a positive contribution to the wider community. You will also enjoy thechallenge of building a portfolio of assignments. The ability to show independent learning and meet deadlines isessential.

Course content

The course consists of a variety of units. All of these units are internally assessed in the form of assignments. Studentsmust also complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience within health and social care settingsStudents will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* by the points gained for the successfulachievement of individual units.

Entry requirements

To study at Hellesdon High School Sixth Form you will need: SIX GCSEs A* - C Grades will enable you to study FOUR A/S Level courses.

We would advise that a Grade B at GCSE would be a good indicator of potential for A Level but we will discuss this with you. Equally we can discuss options for individuals who may fall short of the six higher grade entry requirements.

When applying for courses you should look to study subjects that:

  • a) You have a strong interest in (and enjoyment of)
  • b) You feel you are successful at
  • c) Your Yr11 teachers have highlighted you are good at.

It may also be useful to investigate university/employment websites if you have a particular interest in following a subject forward after Sixth Form.

Subject Specific

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above are required. Students must show an interest in working in a Health and Social Care environment.

Note If you choose to study BTEC Health and Social Care (Double Award) you will need to pick one other AS/BTEC subject and will be required to do Work Experience one day a week.

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above are required. Students must show an interest in working in a Health and Social Careenvironment.

Future opportunities

Students can enter into employment in a range of Health and Social Care professions. Some direct entry employment is combined with further professional qualifications. Alternatively, students can enter into higher education, studying a range of Health and Social Care degree programmes including: Social Work, Health and Social Care, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology and Occupational Therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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