Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate -

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate - PEARSON 601/7197/2 (single award)

WHY STUDY BTEC HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the health and social care sector.  The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the health and social care sector to prepare them for further study or training at a higher level. This course provides a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate Level 3 qualifications.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

The programme of study includes the opportunity for students to choose one unit from a selection of options, to supplement the mandatory units that reflect the key topics within health and social care. Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units. They are :

·         Human lifespan development

·         Working on health and social care

·         Meeting individual care and support needs

Plus one optional unit chosen from a range of topics including sociological perspectives, psychological perspectives, supporting individuals with additional needs, and physiological disorders and their care.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This course, if studied alongside other appropriate Level 3 qualifications, can support students to progress onto courses such as teaching, nursing, midwifery and paramedic science. Biology A Level is often a good complement to this course for students wishing to pursue a career as a health professional.

A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

““Health and Social Care gives you many life skills for everyday life.”

- Molly Harris, Former Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have achieved a grade 4 or higher in English GCSE and grade 4 or higher in mathematics GCSE. Those that have studied Health and Social Care in Key Stage 4 are expected to have achieved at least grade B, or equivalent.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs J Beavis jbe@sandon.essex.sch.uk