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Vocational Studies BTEC Diploma Entry Level at Hackney Community College

Course description

This course gives an introduction to Health and Social Care as well as improving your communication skills in spoken and written English. It can be especially useful for people who speak English as a second language. You will study 13 different units to complete your Vocational Diploma. These units are at Entry Level 3: self assessment, health needs, improving own fitness, communication between children and adults, respecting children, introduction to creative and leisure activities for children and adults, planning for the physical care needs of children and the role of the carer at mealtimes. These units are at Level 1: promoting healthy eating in care, communication with adults and children, personal care and how the body works. You will also have two lessons a week in English language skills and one lesson of maths. There is a 3 week work placement where you will choose between working with children or adults.


Course content

You will have lessons with a teacher who will help you understand the vocabulary and content of the course as well as setting and marking homework, giving feedback and visiting you on your work placement. In class you will do a range of projects, workshops and case studies which will involve reading, writing, speaking and listening to build up your skills and knowledge.

The course has approximately 9.5 hours teacher contact time per week – spread over 3 days. Additionally, you should spend 5-6 hours each week studying and completing homework. Your teacher will set you assignments and you must not hand these in late. You can use the college library, and we will show you useful books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and VLE. Normally, you should expect to spend an extra 3 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and VLE.



Entry requirements

No previous experience or qualifications are required but you will have a course specific written assessment and College interview.



You will produce a folder of written work which is marked by your teacher to pass the vocational Diploma. For your English and Maths qualifications you will take exams.


Financial information

• 16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses
• many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary
• many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)
• Transport for London student travel cards are available.
• Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Progression could be to a Level 1 Health and Social Care course or training for employment.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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