Welcome to Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care is part of the Applied Vocational Courses Department. This is a department that has continued to develop Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in a range of BTEC specialist subject areas.
Key Stage 4 Courses
Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / Level 2
First Award in Health and Social Care
The BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care has been developed to provide an engaging introduction to the sector for learners aged 14 years and above.
The core unit of this qualification is externally assessed, provides students with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Students will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values and communication in the sector.
This qualification contains a range of specialist units, to accommodate a wide range of students’ needs and interests.
This qualification is intended for level 2 students, with level 1 achievement possible, for some students.
Achievement at Level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to other vocational qualifications at level 3, such as the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care. The underpinning knowledge and understanding, practical and vocational skills learnt will enhance and support progression to a relevant competency-based courses.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH).
It has core, optional specialist and optional generic units.
Students must complete both core units plus further units for a total of 120 GLH.
This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).
The table below shows the type of external assessment and assessment availability for this qualification:
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
|Type of external assessment||This unit is assessed externally using a paper-based exam marked by Edexcel.|
|Length of assessment||The external assessment will be 1 hour.No. of marks 50|
|Assessment availability January and June||First assessment availability June 2013|
Core units (mandatory) Assessment method
- 1 Human Lifespan Development [External assessment] 30
- 2 Health and Social Care Values [Internal assessment] 30
Unit Optional specialist [2 units from this section]
- 3 Effective Communication in Health and Social Care [Internal assessment] 30
- 4 Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing [Internal assessment] 30
- 5 Promoting Health and Wellbeing [Internal assessment] 30
- 6 The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing [Internal assessment] 30
- 7 Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care [Internal assessment] 30
- 8 Individual Rights in Health and Social Care [Internal assessment] 30
Unit Optional generic*
* Learners may select only one from the optional generic units
THIS IS A REVISED QUALIFICATION AND IS STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE AWARDING BODY.
Post 16 Courses
Edexcel BTEC Level 3
National Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care
The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment they wish to enter. The qualification is equal to 1 A Level qualification.
This qualification has been developed in the health and social care sector to provide:
- the opportunity for students to enter employment in the health and social care sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Health and Social Care
- the opportunity for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
What will I learn?
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of three mandatory units providing (30 credits) plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits for the completed qualification.
The 3 mandatory units are:
- Unit 1 – Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
- Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
- Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
Optional Units (these maybe subject to change)
- Unit 4 – Development through the Life Stages
- Unit 5 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
- Unit 48 – Exploring Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care*
How will students be assessed?
To pass this course students will be expected to meet deadlines for assignments for each unit of study. Assessment methods will include practicals, group work, presentations, essays and discussions. There are no external exams for this BTEC course at this time.
Extra Curricula activities
Visits to Health and Social settings and opportunities for work related learning through a range of placements
Is there anything else students need to know?
An enhanced CRB is essential for the course as this is required before students can complete placements. Students must be prepared to experience all placement opportunities.
Minimum 4 GCSE’s at grade C one of which needs to be English language.
Education progression opportunities
This course is a good starting point if you want to follow a career in Health and Social Care. This course can lead to employment however; you would be expected to undertake further training or university for further study. This is an ideal course for those who wish to work in Health and Social Care environments, or those who wish to move on to study in Higher Education in the area of Health and Social Care.
From this course students will be able to apply to universities or to seek employment, apprentice routes may also be an option or further study at level 4.
Career progression opportunities
Careers in Social work or the four fields of nursing which include: Adult, Learning Disability, Mental Health or Paediatrics.