Health & Social Care

Introduction to Health and Social Care Courses:

This course is for students who are interested in working with people, or want to care for and help others. This course is a vocational course where learners develop knowledge and understanding through applying their learning to work-related contexts, and gain the skills needed for further study and employment

Many of our students successfully  progress from KS4 to KS5 and access university courses that enable them to  qualify in healthcare and primary education jobs,these include; nursing (mental health,children’s, adult, and learning difficulties) occupational therapist, physiotherapy radiography and public and environmental health.

 

Key Stage 4   (Commencing 2018)

Health and Social Care  (Technical Award) Level 2

 

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

The BTEC course gives you the background knowledge and skills needed by anyone considering working with people. This course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) and functional skills as well as developing critical and analytical approach to solving problems within the health, social care and early years sector.

 

UNITS / COURSE STRUCTURE:

The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is made up of three components: two internally assessed and one  externally assessed by exam board.

  • Component 1 – This unit helps you to understand how people grow and develop, as well as the personal relationships people have during their lives. You will look at how people progress from birth right through to later adulthood. This knowledge will help you to understand others and yourself.
  • Component 2 – In this unit you will learn about the health and social care services which are available and explores why people might need to use these services. You will also look at who is involved in providing these services and explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need.
  • Component 3 – This unit is externally assessed. In this unit learners will explore what ‘being healthy’ means to different people and the factors that might influence an individuals health and wellbeing. You will also assess an individual’s health and create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, which includes targets and recommendations of support

 

ASSESSMENT:

  • Component 1 – 30% of the total BTEC award. Is internally assessed students write a report which assesses the changing impact of different factors on the growth and development of a person across three life stages.
  • Component 2 –   30% of the total BTEC award.  Is internally assessed students carry out a review on how the Health and Social Care services in their local area meet the specific needs of two individuals.
  • Component 3 – 40% of the total BTEC award.  Is externally assessed students could be asked asked to assess the health and wellbeing of an individual, responding to short-answer questions. They are then asked to create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for this individual.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework reflects  the vocational element to the course. Homework tasks will be set each lesson to consolidate learning and also prepare students for the next lesson, students will be expected to complete this at home. It is vital that deadlines are met due to the timescale given from the exam board.  Homework will also include completing coursework and revision for Component 3 the external assessment.

 

 

KEY STAGE 5

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Extended Certificate  (equivalent to 1 A level )

 

Course Overview

This qualification provides a broad introduction to Health and Social Care that gives learners transferable knowledge and skills. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and is the equivalent of 1 A Level.

The course consists of 4 units, 3 of which are mandatory (83%) and 1 which is an optional unit, and is taught over 360 guided learning hours.

This course consists of 4 units that are delivered across 2 years.

This includes 3 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and support Needs

Plus one optional unit

  • Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and Their Care

The qualification is 58% externally assessed with Units 1 and 2 both being written exams that are set and marked by Pearson (exam board). Unit 5 and the Optional Unit are assignments that are set and marked internally. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Opportunities are given to: use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations and carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes.

 

Diploma (Equivalent to 2 A levels )

 

Course Overview

This qualification provides an in depth study to the Health and Social Care sector that gives learners transferable knowledge and skills. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and is the equivalent of 2 A Levels. The course consists of 8 units, 6 of which are mandatory (83%) and 2 which are optional units, and is taught over 720 guided learning hours

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4 – Enquiries into Current Research for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Unit 7- Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care.
  • Unit 8 – Promoting Health

Plus two optional units

  • Unit 10- Sociological Perspectives
  • Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders and their Care

 

ASSESSMENT

The qualification is 46% externally assessed with Units 1 and 2  and both being written exams that are set and marked by Pearson (exam board). Unit 4 is a task that is set and marked by Pearson. The remaining mandatory and optional units are assignments that are set and marked internally. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Opportunities are given to: use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations and carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes

 

HOMEWORK

All students are set topic based homework tasks based on developing and securing their understanding of key terms and theory which are crucial to the course – this involves tasks such as matching activities, creating flashcards and revision for key terms tests / end of topic assessments. This homework is set approximately once per timetable cycle (every 2 weeks).

Students may also purchase the Health and Social Care  Revision Workbook from college at a reduced price, which includes set questions for every topic covered – this ‘extra’ homework is useful exam practice and will help them to consolidate  and extend learning beyond the classroom.

 

STAFF

  • Mrs. Jane Tose – Curriculum Team Leader
  • Miss Emma Rossi – Subject teacher