Health and Social Care BTEC
Online Application Selection: National Certificate in Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3
Qualification at End of Year 2: National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3
During Year 1 you will study for the National Certificate, for Year 2 you will progress to the National Extended Certificate
Exam Board: Pearson; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: 4 in English Language GCSE or 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 Study Programmes 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 two pieces of written coursework
BHASVIC Department: Sociology and Health and Social Care
What will I study?
You will study human lifespan development and meeting individual care and support needs in the first year; and in the second year will focus on the skills needed to work in health and social care, as well as the different sociological perspectives of health and social care. This means 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, adding a vocational element to the course. The College also supports students in finding 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. Many of our students undertake relevant work experience placements which are often a requirement for higher education courses, and all students have the opportunity to attend talks with health and social care professionals, such as nurses and occupational therapists. For each unit there is plenty of content to learn, and for coursework units, there are regular deadlines that need to be met, so students need to be very organised. There are two exams, plus two pieces of coursework. Students often take Health and Social Care alongside Psychology, Sociology, Biology and Sport, among others.
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.