Health and social care

BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Why study this subject?

BTEC Health and Social Care is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 and is a practical, work-related course. It introduces you to the employment area of health, social care and Early Years education and provides a good basis to progress to a more advanced work-related qualification.

What will I learn?

Students will have the opportunity to find out about how people communicate effectively, how people’s diets affect them and how individuals grow and develop from birth to old age. You will also investigate things which are a risk to people’s health and carry out an assessment on a chosen person where you will try help improve their health. You will also do a study of health and safety in the work place and gain an insight into health and social care environments by visiting a work placement to assist you in completing coursework.

Where can I find out more about this subject?

You can come and speak to Health and Social Care teachers who will be able to answer any questions and give you greater detail as to the content and appropriateness of the course we are offering. You can also look in more detail at the content of the course on the Edexcel website at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts/hsc/Pages/default.aspx
GCSE Health and Social Care

Why study this subject?

GCSE Health and Social Care is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 and is a practical, work-related course. It introduces you to the employment area of health, social care and early years’ education and provides a good basis to progress to a more advanced work-related qualification.

What will I learn?

Students will have the opportunity to find out about aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors by investigating and evaluating a range of services and organisations. You will investigate how individuals grow and develop from birth to old age and examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including diversity and cultural issues. You will also explore the care needs of individuals and look into the different job roles in health, social care and early years.

How will I be taught?

You will learn by completing tasks that are based on workplace situations and activities. You will learn to work independently; you will have to find information from the community as it is not always in a book. You will have to work on your own and in small groups and take part in group discussions and presentations. You will also use computers to research information that will help you complete set tasks.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of two core units. One unit is assessed through a written examination at the end of the course whilst the other unit is internally assessed through coursework.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

The successful completion of the course will lead to a GCSE qualification.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

This qualification along with the skills learnt will enable you to move onto further education, training or employment in many health and social care related professions including childcare, social work, midwifery, working with individuals with disabilities and many more. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as research experience, debating and communication skills.

Post-16 Progression

BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care is a popular and challenging course open to all. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Education Studies and more.

How much homework will I have to do?

You will have to complete one piece of homework every week. However, you are expected to continually develop your understanding independently through research and to complete coursework in your own time.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can come and speak to Health and Social Care teachers Miss L Patel, Miss P Patel or Miss Bloxam who will be able to answer any questions and give you greater detail as to the content and appropriateness of the course offered. You can also look in more detail at the content of the course on the Edexcel website at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/hsc/Pages/default.aspx.

About

King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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