Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3

The aim of the Health and Social care department is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to be adequately trained and qualified to move on to higher education and to gain employment in the Health and Social care sector.

DEPARTMENT STAFF
Subject Leader: Mrs H. Isliker
KS5 Subject Teachers: Mrs H Isliker

DEPARTMENT STAFF
Subject Leader: Mrs H. Isliker
KS5 Subject Teachers: Mrs H Isliker

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Aims: A broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

720 GLH (960 TQT) Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (46%).

Aims: This qualification has been designed to account for two-thirds of a two-year, full-time study programme for learners who are intending to go onto further study in a related sector. It supports access to a range of higher education courses if taken as part of a programme of study that includes another BTEC or A Level alongside it.

Curriculum information for KS5 (Could include Units)

The content of this qualification has been designed to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. Learners taking this qualification will study six mandatory units:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health.

Optional units allow learners to develop their interests in different parts of the sector and include:

  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Nutritional Health.

External assessment

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

  • Written exam set and marked by Pearson.
  • 1.5 hours.
  • 90 marks.

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

  • Written exam set and marked by Pearson.
  • 1.5 hours.
  • 80 marks.

Synoptic assessment

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

This mandatory synoptic assessment requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of a defined vocational task. Within the assessment, learners complete a research commentary based on a pre-released article and their secondary research, drawing together their knowledge and understanding of working practices and provision of services.

Learners complete the task using knowledge and understanding from their studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills.

Possible Careers: The health and social care sector comprises two sub sectors; Health care and social care. Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services, for example. The social care sector includes residential nursing care, residential nursing facilities, residential care facilities, domiciliary care and social work. Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, for example. There are more than 300 distinct career paths in this sector.

Further Reading:
Pearson BTEC National Health and Social care Student book 1, (2016), Marilyn Biilingham, Pearson Educational Press.
Pearson BTEC National Health and Social care Student book 2, (2016), Carolyn Aldworth, Pearson Educational Press.

Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities:

  • Visits to North Middlesex Hospital to participate in child delivery activities.
  • Attendance to Universities open days

Inviting HSC professionals into school to give lectures on HSC practice.

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