Course Entry Requirements
GCSE grade 4 in Maths, English Language and Science and a Pass in Health & Social Care (if studied)
This course is an excellent choice for a career in Health, Social Care, Community Justice or Early Years sectors. You will develop practical, interpersonal and thinking skill and study a wide range of topics assessed by both exams and coursework. The courses are very ‘hands-on’ and you will have the opportunity to undertake a number of work experience placements. You can choose to study the Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level) or the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels).
What you will study
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Work Experience in Health and Social Care
- Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
- Promoting Public Health
- Psychological Perspectives
- Health Psychology
- Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
Assessment is through a combination of coursework and exams.
- External Assessment – linked to a specific unit of study (exams and set tasks twice a year)
- Internal Assessment – assignments (research, case studies, projects, skills)
- Synoptic Assessment – set tasks (demonstrating skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge)
Our Health and Social Care department is committed to supporting you as an individual and will help you to achieve your full potential.
- One-to-one and group tutorials
- Assistance with study skills
- Target setting to improve performance
Work Experience & Enrichment
- Apply knowledge learnt in the classroom
- Experience the workplace and develop your skills
- Placements range from working in a childcare or education setting to working with a healthcare practitioner, occupational therapist or nutritionist.
- First Aid and Sign Language Enrichment activities
The Health, Social Care, Community Justice and Early Years sectors offer a variety of rewarding careers. These qualifications provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university or employment: Analytical skills, research skills, independent learning, problem solving, communication skills, resilience, self-management and working collaboratively.
Some career examples include Nurse, Midwife, Clinical Psychologist, Paramedic, Dietician, Radiographer, Operation Department Practitioner, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist,
Mental Health Professional, Teacher.