Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Students completing this course will develop a wide range of skills including communication, organisation, empathy, and time management. There will be opportunities to partake in team work and work placements, enabling the development of social and interpersonal skills. Strong literacy and numeracy skills are also important.
Potential Topics that will be studied
Students will cover a variety of topics including human lifespan development, safe practice in health and social care, psychological and sociological perspectives, nutrition and physiological disorders. Optional units include a focus on mental health, health education and family issues. 175 placement hours are also completed during the course which provide practical hands on experience as well as the opportunity for personal and professional reflection and development, vital aspects of any role within health & social care.
Assessment takes place in a variety of ways including written assignments, report writing, presentations, projects and externally assessed exam board tasks. Of the 17 units studied by learners, 14 are internally assessed, 2 are externally assessed synoptic tasks and 1 is an externally assessed short answer examination.
Additional Course Entry Requirements
All candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS (police check).
Progression and career opportunities
Students following this course may progress into higher education into a variety of degree subjects, midwifery, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, mental health nursing, counselling and teaching.
There may be opportunities to progress onto apprenticeships at Level 4 and above, or gain employment within the sector.