BTEC  HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (3 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

BTEC HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (3 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

Curriculum Leader

Mr Ben Price

Course Content
BTEC Extended  in Health and Social Care is a popular choice at KS5 for students wishing to gain a more practical hand’s on approach to learning which will gain students the equivalent of three A Levels. For more specific content please see the Assessment section below.

Why Study Health & Social Care?
A BTEC in Health and Social Care is the ideal choice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in a health or social care setting. This course will provide students with a national vocationally specific qualification recognised by both employers and universities. Many of our former students have gone on to undertake degrees in nursing, teaching, social care, probation, psychology and criminology to name but a few, whilst some have moved into jobs as the course will prepare them for any future career in Health and Social Care or any related career that involves working with people.

The course aims to provide an enriched learning experience that develops skills and qualifications for employment. In addition to this, students will have an opportunity to participate in the NHS Befriend volunteer scheme at Pinderfields Hospital.  As this is a professional role, students will undertake a period of training and gain the following level 2 qualifications; communication, safeguarding, dementia awareness as well the practical skills of safe wheelchair use. To support students in their studies the following enrichment activities have been planned; Gravity trampoline park, Nuffield health and fitness centre, care home visit, Temple Moor centre for interactive learning, the museum of mental health at Fieldhead Hospital. We also encourage students to participate in charitable events, which have included Race for Life.

Assessment
The course comprises of 13 units that students must undertake with a variety of external and internally assessed units.  Core units range from Working in Health & Social Care, Anatomy and Physiology to Understanding Mental Health and Well-being.  The units aim to provide students with a rounded overview of what working in the health and social care sector would look like.  Three units are assessed through an external exam that students will sit at either the end of Year 1 or Year 2 as well as a controlled assessment that is sent of to be externally marked.  Alongside this are internally assessed units that are teacher led and marked.  Students will work consistently throughout the year on these units which will accumulate to their final grade to achieve qualifications ranging from PPP to D*D*D* which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.  Work experience is compulsory; this will be 100 hours based over 3 placements in Year 12.  These placements will cover both health and social care to help students gain and apply their based skills, communication and teamwork and time management as well as develop personal and professional attributes which will enhance their employability.

Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and a 5 in English.