Health & Social Care: BTEC


LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

WHY CHOOSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?
Health and Social Care has a vocational approach, which will develop the skills you need to work with vulnerable groups in a range of multidisciplinary settings. You will develop an understanding of theory, policy and the importance of anti-discriminatory and evidence based practice in relation to health, welfare and social care nationally. In studying HSC you will learn about how health and social care fits into social, policy, legal and organisational environments in the UK. HSC also helps to develop wider skills such as developing your ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively e.g. arranging your own health promotion as well as a work placement for some of the coursework. Much of the course will allow you to explore current issues such as discrimination and inequality and how practice can combat their effects. You will use secondary and primary research to identify and propose solutions to issues that affect the school and local community.
Health and Social Care is not just about this industry but you would benefit from a course focussed on developing your key transferable skills to help enhance your employability.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

  • Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the  care and support needs of individuals
  • Examine the ethical issues involved  when providing care and support to meet individual needs
  • Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges
  • Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs
  • Skills in report writing, analysis, evaluation and application to health and social care settings
  • The importance of personal and business finance. develop skills needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 1
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Needs

Year 2
Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 12 – Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

There are two units

All coursework and CA is completed on computers and assessed in both first and second year
One exam unit in year 1 and one exam unit in year 2

SUGGESTED READING:

Textbook: BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book.  This will cover all of the units for both years of the course.  ISBN 978-1-2921-2601-2

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education routes include Nursing, Child Care, Social Services with career possibilities including Dental Assistant and Child Care Worker.
With a qualification in Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care you can you can study Health and Social Care related courses in higher education and seek employment in varied organisations.