BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
1 Year for Certificate, 2 years for Extended Certificate.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate and Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care.
This qualification aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level.
Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. Students will need to be extremely well organised to cope with the coursework element in this specification.
The content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:
- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Psychological perspectives
Year 12: Certificate
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
(Written exam set and marked by Pearson).
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development. You will explore the key aspects of growth and development, and the experience of health and wellbeing. You will learn about factors that can influence human growth, development and human health.
Unit 5: Meeting individual care and support needs. (coursework assignments)
This unit introduces you to the values and issues to be considered when planning care and support that meet the needs of an individual in a health and social care environment. It will be useful for a career as a social worker or health visitor, practice nurse or occupational therapist.
Methods of Study:
Individual writing of coursework reports.
Writing and discussing case studies.
Individual and group presentations.
Keeping up to date with topical issues within the health, care and early years sectors.
Practice exam questions.
Visiting care settings.
Interviewing practitioners and service users.
Independent Study Time:
A successful Health & Social Care student will need to complete independent study by keeping up to date with topical issues, within the sector. They will need to complete practice exam questions, specific homework tasks and coursework assignments on a regular basis. Coursework is assessed regularly to monitor a student’s progress and allow for the provision of individual feedback including strategies for improvement.
This qualification will enable learners to progress to a degree programme both within the health and social care sector or in other sectors. It carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions.
The curriculum leader for HSC has many years experience of teaching the subject both in KS4 and KS5.
She has over 20 years experience as an examiner and BTEC verifier and is currently a Principal Examiner and Lead Assessment Writer for HSC.
Mrs J Allen
Curriculum Area Leader - Health & Social Care
How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in November of each year. Please contact Debbie Chick, Sixth Form Support, for further information or to request an application form.
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