This is a two-year, full-time course offering you a broad understanding, knowledge of, and skills base in the health and social care sector. The course is designed to incorporate a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-ready skills such as teamwork and good communication combined with experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. As the focus is on the holistic development of your practical, interpersonal and thinking skills you are also required to complete a mandatory 100 hours work placement at a relevant organisation. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.
What You'll Learn
Although topics may be subject to change learners will study a mix of core units, option units and two exams in their first year. Units include topics such as: human lifespan development, infection prevention and control , psychological perspectives, working in health and social care, anatomy and physiology. There is also a research project enquiries into current research in health and social care (external Synoptic) that will run over the two year course. Grading uses the Pass to Distinction* grade, which is equivalent to A* to C grade.
Although topics may be subject to change learners will study a mix of core units, option units and two exams in their second year. Units include: meeting individual care and support needs, principles of safe practice in health and social care, promoting public health, understanding mental health and well being. Working in health and social care and anatomy and physiology are both exam based units. Grading uses the Pass to Distinction* grade, which is equivalent to A* to C grade.
Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90 attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required plus three other GCSE s at grade 4 (C) or above .
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.
How you will be assessed
Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding. For this course you will have to be organised, adhering to your deadlines and keeping a portfolio of your assignments. There are 4 externally assessed units (exams) over the two years of the course. The remainder of your qualification will be assessed internally by a variety of methods that may include a practical, essays and/or presentations.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £7395.00
Total Fees: £0
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.
Course and Career progression
This qualification provides the option to continue to higher education or into the sector workforce. You can apply for a wide and diverse selection of university courses including: BSC in Nursing and Midwifery, BA in Social Work, BSC in Psychology, PGCE Teaching, DipHE or BSc Paramedic Science, and a wealth of other courses. Many of our previous alumni have also successfully applied for jobs in the National Health Service (NHS) or in residential or domiciliary care training towards management level.
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