Course – Health & Social Care
1. What is Health and Social Care?
Health and Social Care looks at all aspects of health and well-being and the factors that can affect health in both a positive and negative way. You will study a range of units gaining vocational experience in the workplace developing the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to support both your own and others health and well-being in the future.
2. Who is this Course for?
This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue a range of careers, including: Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, teaching, social work, youth work, health promotion, nursing, paramedic, podiatry and many more in the health or social care sector. Successful completion of the course will enable progression into higher education or related employment. In order to work with people you need to have a mature attitude, a caring nature, non judgemental approach and respecting that all individuals are unique.
3. What do I need to study BTEC Health and Social Care?
In order to obtain a place on this course, you will need to have 4 GCSEs ( or equivalent) in any subject. It is not a necessary requirement to have studied Health and Social Care in year 11. You need to have an interest in working with people and a caring nature.
4. What will I get at the end of this course?
If you complete the Subsidiary Diploma you will achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to one A Level.
If you complete the Diploma you will achieve a double Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to two A Levels.
If you complete the Extended Diploma you will achieve a triple Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to three A Levels.
5. What can I do with BTEC Health and Social Care?
Health and Social Care in useful in many jobs. It develops your communication skills and your ability to work with different people in a variety of different health and social care settings.
Gaining high grades opens the door to many university courses and Health and Social Care graduates are well placed for a wide range of careers and further training in the field of health and well being including:
- occupational therapy,
- social work,
- youth work,
- health promotion,
- Early years
6. Who will teach me?
- Mrs Ellis
- Mrs Phillips
- Mr Khan
- Miss Harvey
7. What will I study?
Those students who wish to complete the Subsidiary Diploma will complete six units over two years. Attending six lessons a week and achieving a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to one A Level. Those students who wish to complete the Level 3 Diploma will complete twelve units over two years. Students will attend twelve lessons a week and achieve a double Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to two A Levels. Those students who wish to complete the extended diploma will complete 18 units over two years. Students will attend 16 lesson per week.
Core Units studied by both Subsidiary and Diploma students are:
- Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication, This unit aims to enable you to understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will give you the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed for a career within the health or social care sectors.
- Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights, This unit aims to develop your understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. You will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combating this. You will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings.
- Unit 3 Health and Safety, This unit aims to enable you to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care setting. You will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. You will also gain an understanding of how to deal with
- incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment.
- Additional Core Units studied by Diploma Students are:
- Unit 4 Development through the Life Stages, This unit aims to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the different stages throughout the human lifespan. You will be able to develop an understanding of both the physical and psychological changes of ageing and be able to apply theories of ageing to health and social care provision.
- Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology, This unit aims to enable you to understand aspects of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems. You will be able to gain an overview of the organisation of the human body before looking at how body systems work together to provide energy for the body. You will have the opportunity to investigate how homeostatic mechanisms operate in the body.
- Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development, This unit aims to enable you to understand the learning process and to give you the skills you need to plan for, monitor and reflect on your professional development. You will then be able to investigate and gain an understanding of health or social care provision. You must complete 100 hours of work experience as a requirement of this unit.
- Unit 7 Sociological Perspectives, This unit aims to enable you to gain an understanding of the different sociological approaches that can be used when studying and how these approaches can be used to study health and social care.
- Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives, This unit aims to enable you to understand the different psychological approaches that can be used when studying and in particular how these can be used to study health and social care.
8. How will I learn?
You will learn all about Health and Social Case in a number of different ways including:
- Group Discussions and debates
- Independent learning and research
- Through ICT and the VLE
- Peer Teaching
- Support from Year 13
- Additional support sessions
- Health and Social Care professionals
- Health and Social Care related trips
9. Will I have homework in Health and Social Care?
As Health and Social Care is a vocational course this requires you to complete a number of assignments for each unit. Content will be taught during lesson time in a variety of different ways; however it is your responsibility to complete individual assignments at home in order to achieve high grades. Assignments must be completed by the submission date.
10. How will I be assessed?
Unit 6 Personal and professional development involving at least 100 hours of placement to be successfully completed as well as classroom learning. You will experience three different health or social care placements e.g. Nurseries, Primary Schools, Residential care homes and will be assessed through coursework as well as through tutor visits and mentor reports.
All other units are assessed through the completion of course work. There are NO exams in Health and Social Care giving you the ability to monitor your own progress through the course using a simple tracker.
11. What will I be assessed on?
Each unit has 2 to 3 assignment usually including Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.
Your teacher will be assessing your assignments to ensure you have provided the evidence needed to achieve the pass, merit or distinction grade set by BTEC.
12. When will I be assessed?
Each assignment will have an interim and submission date. The interim date gives you the opportunity to gain teacher feedback on the work you have completed before the submission date. The submission date is when all work must be completed and handed in. You will be given teacher feedback and an upgrade opportunity if needed.
13. How is the course structured?
You will be taught by 2 or 3 teachers during the week. Each teacher will work on different units completing ½ the work required by the end of year 12 achieving good grades. You will be given a curriculum map at the beginning of the course including units, number of assignments per unit, handout and hand in dates and placement dates.
14. What extra support is available to me?
Health and Social Care is a challenging but rewarding BTEC. All Health teachers are aware you will be working on assignments for other health teachers as well as completing course work or exam revision in other subjects.
To help support you through the process additional lessons both during and after school are offered for both one-to-one and small groups support to target particular criteria or units.
We currently have a buddy system where year 12 are supported by year 13 students who have already completed the units studied in year 12.
During the course we have upgrade weeks giving you the opportunity to revisit work achieving high grades without the additional pressure of completing new assignments.
15. What additional resources are available to me?
- All assignment front sheets include a list of helpful books, journals and websites to help you complete the assignment.
- The classroom and LRC have a large range of books that can be used for back ground reading and completing assignments.
- Computers and laptops are available to complete work.
- Financial help is given when on placement.
- Anatomy.tv http://anatomy.tv/default.aspx
- NHSdirect www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/
- NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx
- Intute: best websites for study and research www.intute.ac.uk/nmah/mesh_m.html
- Department of health www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
- BBC Health www.bbc.co.uk/health/
16. What do other students say about this course?
- I enjoyed completing the Health and Social Care Diploma last year. As there were no exams I was able to work out the individual grades I needed in each unit to gain a place at university. I am now at John Moors studying Health and Society.
- From going to work placement at a primary school I realise I am interested in a career as a primary school teacher or class room assistant. Before placement I was unsure what I wanted to do.
- All the units are different and therefore you do not get board studying the same things.
- I enjoyed completing the First aid Course with the year 13 and gaining a First aid Certificate from the St Johns Ambulance.
- All the teachers are very different and therefore you learn in a variety of different ways.
- I enjoy team teaching starter activities and supporting the year 9 Health and Social Care student’s to complete individual and group work tasks during lessons.
- I was struggling in my other A levels but found the additional help offered by the health teachers means I am able to achieve high grades in this subject. I now only study Health and Social Care! Yeee
17. What will be expected of me?
Imagination and the ability to link key themes and ideas are essential in Health and Social Care. You will be expected to explore new ways to achieve your goals and develop new skills throughout the course.
Teamwork is essential throughout the Health and Social Care course. You will be expected to work well in a team to develop ideas and solutions to problems.
Risk Taking is an everyday part of Health and Social Care and you will be expected to develop the skills necessary to assess risk, utilising new approaches to problem solving and often learning as a result of your mistakes.
Problem solving will be essential in Health and Social Care. You will be expected to not only ask the right questions and find innovative ways of researching issues, you will also be expected to consider other peoples points of view and consider the impact that ethical decisions can have on the wider community.
Throughout the Health and Social Care course you will be expected to show determination in your individual work, remaining motivated and applied.
Reflection is essential in Medical Science in order to set realistic goals and learn effectively from your experiences.