Vocational Studies: Health and Social Care
Who are we?
Mrs Prebble – Head of department
What we offer in Key Stage 4:
Level 2 First Award in Health and Social care.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care has been developed to provide an engaging introduction. It has been developed to give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to the sector. The first core unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second core unit.
This qualification contains a range of optional specialist units, to accommodate a wide range of learners’ needs and interests, from Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing to Unit 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care. All learners will have the opportunity to experience the vocational elements of the programme, and develop practical skills, such as demonstrating health and social care values that will help prepare learners for the world of work. Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively. This qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.
Learners will be assessed through one examination and 3 internally assessed portfolios.
If students wish to further their studies they have the opportunity to study Health and Social care at Level 3 in the Sixth Form.
What we offer in key Stage 5:
Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social care
The health and social care sector comprises two sub sectors; Health care and social care. Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services, for example. The social care sector includes residential nursing care, residential nursing facilities, residential care facilities, domiciliary care and social work. Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, for example. There are more than 300 distinct career paths in this sector. The sector is a major employer, employing almost four million people across the UK.
The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:
- Human Lifespan Development, working in Health and Social Care, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
- Learners will also complete optional units which include:
- Sociological Perspectives
- Psychological Perspectives
- Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
- Physiological Disorders and their Care.
This qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. It contains 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external and cover a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. 2 are externally marked through either a written examination or an assignment and 2 are assessed internally through a portfolio of evidence.
This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
Homework often requires the students to research a particular topic or organisation. Homework consists of some short tasks and mini projects that help them to develop their knowledge of the subject further.
Skills gained for the future:
Health and Social care allows students to gain valuable skills including group work, independent working, writing to persuade, and debating. It is a good subject for students who are interested in careers in: social work, education, Child psychology, probation, care sector, nursing and law, as it allows students the opportunity to gain an understanding of these roles within society.
Which subjects will complement this course?
Health and Social care
How to find out more information?
For further information please contact the Head of Department, Mrs Prebble, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org