Health and Social Care BTEC

Qualification: National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3
Exam Board: Pearson; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE or C/4 in English Literature GCSE
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 2 x 1.5 hour exams plus other projects
BHASVIC Department: Sociology and Health and Social Care
Head of Department: Craig Williams

What will I study?

You will study human lifespan development and meeting individual needs and support needs; also physiological disorders and their care. You will learn the theoretical basis for providing good quality care, examining how practitioners use legislation, policies, and communication to implement professional practice. Coursework is based around applying knowledge learnt to a Health and Social Care setting so is very vocational. The College can help to place students in work experience placements. Some second year students may have the option of a hospital placement at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.

Is this course right for me?

This course is ideal for students planning on a career within health and social care. The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A level (2 years) and students must have a commitment to continued assessment via course work. Work experience will be required of all students regardless of level of study. The elements that usually supply the greatest areas of challenge are the unit on Anatomy and Physiology and the sheer amount of coursework. You must be very organised. Students will need to manage multiple assignments for possibly 1-3 teachers at the same time so being organised is very important. There will be at least 2 exams plus coursework. Complementary subjects are Medical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Biology.

Where next?

There is a growing demand within this sector and there are a diverse range of opportunities where students can make a real difference to the lives of others including adults, young people and children. Studying Health and Social care can take students in a wide range of directions depending on where their interests lie.  Future related careers available in the healthcare and education sectors could include Nurse, Midwife, Social Worker, Mental Health Worker, Counsellor, Personal Assistant, Early Years Teacher and Play Therapist. There are opportunities to progress into management of services and continue training with additional qualifications in the workplace. This subject is ideal for progression onto vocational degrees at university and also provides an excellent foundation for anyone going wanting to go directly into an apprenticeship or employment. During your studies, you will develop an awareness of the importance of values and skills for working in this sector that employers will be looking for. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Skills for Care, Health Careers, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.

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