The Highcrest Academy

Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Intent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to develop and use creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings. Our teaching and learning will ensure students gain a real insight into all of the challenges, excitement, considerations and responsibility of working in Health and Social Care. Our intention is to encourage multiple approaches to learning, such as practical opportunities and real-life scenarios, which will support students to develop their applied knowledge and practical skills. We will provide an education which allows students to learn the essential values of care (key to a career in delivering care to other people) and how to communicate effectively in a variety of roles in health and social care settings.

Impact

Our broad and balanced approach to Health and Social Care ensures that our students will become confident and effective communicators, who have the ability to work as part of a team and take on responsibility within the academy and the wider community. They will also develop key interpersonal skills including self-management, adaptability and resilience. Our students will also develop their ability to write concisely, clearly and accurately and will express their views with clarity. They will become independent learners who will research actively and methodically and be able to create and deliver presentations to an audience. They will deepen their knowledge and understanding of being healthy, staying safe, and behaving respectfully.  They will also develop the knowledge and skills required to be mutually tolerant and empathetic individuals who will respect members of our community and society. We will prepare our students by introducing them to a wide range of related careers and entry routes into Health and Social Care through a programme of visiting speakers and a range of extra-curricular visits that provide real life work-based learning.

BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

This course covers the range of knowledge and skills that you will need to be successful in a career within the care sector. 

It will allow you to progress on to further study within this sector or seek employment within the health or care sector.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector.

The topics covered are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.

Learners also cover an optional unit that covers the topic Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs.

The qualification is assessed using internally assessed assignments and written exams which are set and marked by Pearson.

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A-Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • A-Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education
  • a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Social Work
  • a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

This course covers a wider range of knowledge and skills that you will need to be successful in a career within the care sector.

It will allow you to progress on to further study within this sector or seek employment within the health or care sector.

This qualification has been designed to account for two-thirds of a two-year, full-time study programme for learners who are intending to go onto further study in a related sector. It supports access to a range of higher education courses if taken as part of a programme of study that includes another BTEC or A Level alongside it.

The Health & Social Care Level 3 Diploma is equivalent in size to two A Levels.

Candidates will cover 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.

The qualification is assessed using internally assessed assignments and written exams which are set and marked by Pearson.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector.

The topics covered are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

Learners also cover two optional units that covers the topic:

  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Nutritional Health

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • an A Level in Biology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing or Midwifery
  • an A Level in Sociology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • a BTEC Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • an A Level in Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Psychology

BTEC LEVEL 1/ LEVEL 2 FIRST CERTIFICATE AND CERTIFICATE, AND EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage young learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace.

These skills include:

team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

Entry Criteria:

  • 5 A* - D or equivalent including:
  • At least a “3” Maths
  • At least a “3” in English Language
  • At least a “E” in Science

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector.

The topics covered are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Healthy Living

Learners also cover optional units that covers the topics:

  • Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing 
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

You can progress on to a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care. You may also consider further training or study in related fields such as Social Care, an Apprenticeship or employment.

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