Top Course Highlights
Excellent tutor support
mandatory work placement
trips and guest speakers
Experience Practical Settings
Mandatory work placement within Health and social Care settings of your choice
Friendly and experienced staff
The Health and Social Care Department is friendly, supportive, ambitious, and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality, and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.
Successful University Acceptances
Outstanding success rates for University Applications into a broad range of health and social care related subjects such as Adult Nursing, Paramedic Science, Midwifery, Forensic Science, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work and Counselling degrees.
What will i learn?
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education to ensure it supports progression to higher study. Employers and professional bodies have been involved to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.
It allows you to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically on health studies.
In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the health and social care sector, this qualification gives you experience of the breadth and depth that will prepare you for further study in the sector. This includes the opportunity for you to choose a health studies pathway with options reflecting the progression opportunities in healthcare.
Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Human Lifespan Development
Working in Health and Social Care
Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
Promoting Public Health
Work Experience in Health and Social Care
Optional Modules for General Pathway
(Learner will study five optional units from their chosen pathway)
Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
Caring for Individuals with Dementia
Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
Optional Modules for Health Studies Pathway
Microbiology for Health Science
Where will it take me?
Successful completion of this course should allow entry into Higher Education in a broad range of areas, including nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work, and psychology. Students can also look for employment within the Health and Social Care sector or become a higher-level Apprentice.
This qualification is the focus of a two-year study programme of learning and is equivalent to three A Levels, meaning that you will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.
The health studies pathway in the qualification is more scientific in nature and you will study a wider range of health science units. This will support you when applying for degree programmes that expect larger amounts of prior scientific knowledge.
- BSc (Hons) in Nursing
- BA (Hons) in Social Work
- BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
- BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
- BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy
- BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care
Health Studies Pathway
- Midwifery and Nursing
- Paramedic Science
- Healthcare Science
- NHS Practitioner Training Programme
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of written tasks, presentations, demonstrations and controlled assessments. You will also be required to sit two external exams in year 1 and another one in year 2 as part of the course requirements. This will aid your time management, organisation and research skills that contributes to effective practice when working within the Health and Social Care Sector.
Internal assessment tasks may include:
- Demonstration of practical skills
- Extended pieces of writing
External assessment tasks will include:
- Exam papers – two in year 1 and one in year 2
- One controlled assessment in year 2
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include English (Language or Literature) and/or Maths, preferably Science and 1 other GCSE at a minimum of grade 4. You will also be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check.
Information and Support
Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets, practice exam papers and other guides available through our Moodle support page.
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