Health and Social Care is extremely useful for a range of careers, due to the many areas it covers, including early years, elderly care and the differing professions within any Health and Social Care setting. The option to attend University after the completion of the Level 3 course is usually taken, with progressions onto nursing, midwifery and into the social care sector. The specification complements other post 16 courses such as Applied Science and Psychology. Health & Social Care is usually appealing to students that have an interest in the area or that have taken the subject at Level 2. There are both coursework and exam based elements, with some extended writing. Health & Socal Care students often choose careers in the public sector, such as nursing, social work and teaching as the course helps them to learn the skills, roles and responsibilities needed.
BTEC Extended Certificate (2 year course) - Equivalent in size to one A Level.
Unit 1: Human Lifespan (Exam)
Unit 2: Working in Health & Social Care (Exam)
Unit 5: Mandatory unit (Coursework)
Unit 12: Optional unit (Coursework)
BTEC National Diploma (2 year course) - Equivalent in size to two A Levels.
Same units as above plus:
Unit 4: Current research in Health and Social Sare (controlled assessment)
Unit 7: Mandatory unit (Coursework)
Unit 8: Mandatory unit (Coursework)
Unit 19: Operational Unit (Coursework)
Extended Certificate - four units of which, 2 are coursework and 2 are external exams.
Diploma - 8 units, of which 5 are coursework, 2 are external exams and 1 is a controlled assessment.
To be accepted onto the course a student should have at least five GCSE's at grade 4.
Level 2 Health and Social Care is not essential but it is preferred.
Essay writing skills are also desirable.
Students are expected to have a wider interest in Health & Social Care.
This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant Health & Social Care jobs. Medical professions such as nursing and midwifery, social workers, care home workers etc.