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Excellent Tutor Support
Learn from sector experts
You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the health and social care sector.
Subject Specific Specialisms
The Level 2 Certificate enables you to take the knowledge you learn in the classroom to industry placements across the health and social care sector.
Excellent Pastoral Support
Embedded in the Level 2 Certificate is an emphasis on supporting you to expand your knowledge within the subject, in addition to gaining English and/or Maths at GCSE.
What Will I Learn?
BTEC’s are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. They are effective because they engage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the workplace. These skills include: team working, working from a prescribed assignment brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
- Human Lifespan Development (externally assessed exam)
- Healthy Living (externally assessed exam)
- Individual Rights in Health and Social Care (coursework)
- Care Values (coursework)
- Effective Communication (coursework)
- Social Influences on Health and Social Care (coursework)
- Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care (coursework)
- OCN – Employability Skills (practical demonstration and coursework)
Where Will It Take Me?
There are a wide range of progression opportunities available upon completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care. Students have progressed to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or health and social care course as well as employment and apprenticeships. Some have progressed into other sectors such as caring for older people or working with children and vulnerable people in society.
The BTEC First Certificate is assessed through an external examination as well as assignment work. The exam units are Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living, and all other units are assessed through written essays, reports or presentations.
Three GCSE’s at Grade 3 including English Language or Literature and/or Maths.
Students without a Grade 4 in either English or Maths will be retaking either functional skills or GCSE, depending on the student’s GCSE results, and this will be incorporated into their programme of study.
Information & Support
The BTEC First Certificate aims to:
- Inspire and enthuse you to consider a career in the health and social care sector, or in a related sector where knowledge of health and social care will be of use, such as working with children, older people and people with specific needs.
- Give you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector e.g. the underpinning care values and an understanding of the different life stages that individuals go through and the problems that they might face.
- Support progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic health and social or an Apprenticeship or, more broadly, progression to qualifications in other sectors, such as caring for older people, working with children and vulnerable people in society.
- Give you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a range of junior job roles across the health and social care sector.
The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate has been developed to meet the needs of learners with a range of education requirements. These include learners who are working to achieve GCSE or Functional Skills English and maths in a post -16 setting.
Awarding Body: BTEC
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