The Health and Social Care department is committed to vocational courses assisting students in gaining skills, knowledge and qualifications for the working environment.
The department uses a wide range of teaching and learning styles to encourage all students of all abilities and gender. We have a wide range of resources and have established a good relationship with Nurseries, Primary Schools and Special Educational Schools within the area.
Key stage 4
BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care
We have changed what we are offering in light of the new government initiatives: therefore we are offering a BTEC qualification which is the ‘equivalent to 1 GCSE’
This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within a sector. This gives learners the opportunity to:
● gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
● investigate areas of specific interest
● develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.
This qualification provides opportunities for learners to progress to either academic or more specialised vocational pathways.
How it is taught
|Unit Title||Assessment Method|
|Unit 1- Human Lifespan Development||External - Exam|
|Unit 2 - Health and Social Care Values||Internal - Coursework|
|Unit 3 - Effective Communication in Health and Social Care||Internal - Coursework|
|Unit 6 - The Impact of nutrition on Health and Well-being||Internal - Coursework|
Within the Sixth Form there are 2 main courses offered:
* BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 3
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to ‘1 A Level’. It is a course where students will gain a ‘broad’ understanding of the sector, designed to support students studying other BTEC or A Level qualifications.
* Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Full time course – equivalent to 3 A Levels)
This qualification is both suitable for progression into university or employment as an Early Years Worker within Nurseries, Primary Schools and other establishments.
The students are on placement 2 days a week in a variety of establishments for the entire course.
Students must undertake 3 different placements one in each of the following age bands;
•Birth up to 1 year 11 months
•2 up to 4 years 11 months
•5 up to 7 years 11 months
A total of 750 hours must be completed to pass the course.
There is ONE externally assessed unit in the form of an EXAM which is based on ’Child Development’
Other topics covered include: Play and learning, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Observing children as well as Supporting children’s literacy and numeracy.
Students who are successful in this qualification are then a qualified Early Years Practitioner