Health & Social Care
Miss M Vickers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs H Burgess – email@example.com
We aim to deliver Health and Social Care as a worthwhile and enjoyable experience that is taught with passion and enthusiasm; preparing learners to become effective and ambitious professionals in a health and social care environment.
This subject is proving popular at KS4 and KS5 with students going on to study nursing, social work, teaching and midwifery at University. In addition to this students have found this qualification hugely beneficial in entering the care professions.
BTEC FIRST AWARD in Health and Social Care (NQF) LEVEL 2
BTEC Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those who want to go into a variety of Health or Social Care professions.
Students will follow the Edexcel Health and Social Care specification which consists of 4 units. These units are:
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop a knowledge and understanding of different aspects of human growth and development across the main life stages. Learners can explore some of the different positive and negative influences which can affect development. This will help them to understand and be able to work with people who use health and social care services more effectively.
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values (coursework)
This unit will enable you to understand the high standards expected in health and
social care in order to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals who use health and
social care services.
Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care (coursework)
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills they need to be able to communicate effectively within a health and social care environment. Throughout this unit learners will be able to investigate and learn about different forms of communication, understand barriers and be able to communicate effectively.
Unit 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care (coursework)
The aim of the unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding of issues that need to be considered when working health and social environments within a multicultural society. Learners will investigate the many factors that contribute to a diverse and equal society and principles and values which underpin the support given to individuals.
How Students Are Assessed
Evidence for assessment will be generated through a range of diverse activities including exam (unit 1), assignment and project work, case studies, role play and oral presentation (all other units).
A four-point grading scale of L1, Pass, Merit and Distinction is awarded to all units. Successful completion of all eight units can lead to four GCSE equivalent Grades A*-C.
What can I do on completion of this course?
This course leads on to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care (or other equivalent courses) depending on grades and eventually to higher education or employment
This qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required at an operational level in the care sector.
You will consider the role of care worker, your relationship with, and responsibilities towards, service users and the wider care sector.
Key Stage 5
BTEC NATIONAL CERTIFICATE / EXTENDED CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – LEVEL 3
The health and care sector encompasses staff involved in direct care, as well as specialists such as health scientists, technicians, support staff, supervisors and managers. Job opportunities exist in the statutory, private and voluntary provision of care services. The BTEC Level 3 National Award, Certificates and Diplomas in Health and Social Care can provide a springboard to a university degree or Foundation Degree in an appropriate vocational discipline, to BTEC HNCs and HNDs, or to employment.
This programme provides the perfect platform for you to enter the care profession.
How are you assessed?
It is a practical, work-related course, which will involve a number of projects and assignments that are based on realistic work place situations and activities. It introduces you to the employment areas you may be considering and provides a good basis in which to progress on to a more advanced work-related qualifications.
Each unit is assessed by a variety of assignment tasks, both written and practical.
Each unit will be graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.
In order to gain the full qualification all units must be successfully completed
Examples of units you will study are:
- Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
- Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
- Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
- Development Through the Life Stages
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
- Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
- Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
- Caring for Children and Young People
- Public Health
- Physiological Disorders
Who is the course for?
This course will appeal to those students who:
■Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
■Want the opportunity to carry out practical work as well as class work
■Want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation
■Are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and the clients they serve
■Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable
■Want to move onto a related career or higher education course
■Would like to work in the health care sector, teaching, police force, youth work, social work etc.
Trips include visits to St Thomas Hospital – Old Operating Theatre.
Sexual Health worker visits
Baby work shop
Examples of vocational classroom activities
Making play dough for playschool children
Making board games for the elderly
Making fimo/clay figures for various age groups
Planning and undertaking chair aerobics for the elderly
Planning and undertaking a bingo game
Cake decorating with the elderly
2014 KS5 School Trip to St Thomas’s Old Operating Theatre