This qualification is for those who have an interest in people. It covers all lifes stages and develops understanding of human growth and development alongside what services are there to help in providing the best support. You will also have the opportunity to shadow workers in a variety of settings enabling a hands on understanding. The settings range from nursery’s, reception classes, day care centres and nursing/residential care homes.
The mandatory 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.
You will study one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector.
Optional units include:
• Psychological Perspectives
• Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
• Physiological Disorders and their Care
You will also be developing employability skills in the following three main categories:
Unit 1 and 2 are Mandatory Units and are assessed via exams. There is one 90 minute exam for each unit.
Unit 5 and the Optional Unit is internally assessed via two pieces of course work for each unit.
BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Research states that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.
Grade4 or better in Combined Science or Biology GCSE.
Text book – subsidised cost £20
This is used as a working document for notes so students need their own copy.
Head of Department: Mrs Jackie Brighouse
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