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Health and Social Care

Subject Description

You will study topic areas including Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health and Social Care, Physiological Disorders and their Care and Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.

You will learn using a variety of methods including essays, case studies, blogs, powerpoint presentations, videos, practical work, demonstrations and observations.

You will be able to access opportunities of a wide range of work experience placements including working with a nursery, primary school and with children with special educational needs.

You will gain the skills and experience to progress onto Higher Education in areas including Nursery, Midwifery, Paramedical, Social Work, Youth Work or enter straight into employment in the care sector in roles such as a Family Support Worker or Senior Care Assistant.

Future Destinations:

This is the ideal qualificaton for a career in Health or Social Services.  You will gain skills and experience to progress onto Higher Education in areas including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedical, Occupationsl Therapist, Social Work, Youth Work or enter straight into employment in the care sector in roles such as a Family Support Worker or Senior Care Assistant.

Qualification:

BTEC

Exam Board:

Edexcel

Entry Requirements:

As there are externally assessed exams, it is essential that students have at least grade C in English, preferably grade B, and at least grade C in both Core and Additional Science.  It is not necessary that you have taken Level 2 Health and Social Care but obviously this would be an advantage.

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Human Lifespan Development (90 GLH) which has an externally assessed exam of 1 ½ hours and is worth 90 marks.

You will study physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

Unit Two

Working in Health and Social Care (120 GLH) which has an externally assessed exam of 1 ½ hours and is worth 80 marks. There will be a number of short- and long-answer questions.  The paper consists of four sections, and each section is based on a different short scenario briefly explaining the situation of a person with health and social care needs.

You will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

Unit Three

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (90 GLH) which is an internally assessed unit.

You will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Unit Four

Physiological Disorders and their care (60 GLH) which is an internally assessed unit.

You will explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.

You will also be able to access opportunities of a wide range of work experience placements including working with a nursery, primary school and with children with additional needs.

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