This course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you for employment in the health and social care sector or to provide career development opportunities to progress onto a relevant Level 3 programme. You will be fully supported by highly qualified and experienced staff who are committed to creating engaging and exciting learning environments for all. As work placement is an integral part of this programme, you will get the opportunity for both learning and practical experience.
The course comprises classroom based learning and work placement. Classroom based learning will help develop and understanding of the relevant health and social care theory which you can then put into practice within the a setting. You will complete a minimum of 60 hours of work placement and this will also help develop other core skills such as communication and listening skills; you will also be able to develop a secure understanding of the care values including confidentiality, person centred care and safeguarding.
Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade D or above in English and also in Maths. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to D or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.
BTEC First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
There are two forms of assessment: Assignment work which can consist of reports, presentations, posters, leaflets, and group activities; two externally set exams for units on Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living.
Research is an ongoing expectation of the programme/course. This will demonstrate motivation and research skills. There is approximately 5 hours a week of homework or research.
You are expected to attend 2 days a week during term time, plus 3 block weeks over the year.
Level 3 Health and Social Care
Fees and Additional Costs
It is recommended that students have access to a copy of the student text book at home. Some copies may be available to loan via the Learning Resource Centre. Students will also need to buy an embroidered polo shirt and/or jumper for work placement.
A Disclosure Barring Check (DBS) is required for all learners in order to work with Vulnerable Individuals. We try to work with students to identify a suitable work placement taking into consideration interests and future career aspirations.