BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Level 3)

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Area of study:
Health and Social Care
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Course Requirements: 

At least 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 5, including English. No prior study of the sector is required.

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Why study this course?

This course is for those students who are interested in working in or completing further training in the sectors of health, social care or early years. Students are given the chance to build awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in health and social care through a diverse range of activities. In addition it will develop your awareness of the influences on an individual’s health and wellbeing and recognise the importance of the stages of development of an individual and their relationships.

What will I study?

Health and Social Care covers service provision, values, rights, responsibilities, care settings, communication, health and well-being, understanding human behaviour and practitioner roles. You will complete the following units, Human Lifespan Development (Externally assessed), Working in Health and Social Care (Externally assessed), Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Internally assessed) and Additional needs (Internally assessed).

How is this course assessed?

Over the two years you will take four units. Two of these units are externally assessed and the other two marked by your teacher and moderated by the exam board. You will be assessed through a combination of exams, presentations and written assignments.

What can I study with this course?

Subjects that are often taken with this subject are sociology, psychology, criminology, biology, English, applied science.

Where does this qualification lead?

Students could progress to either university or directly into employment. Career areas that students often progress to include early years, psychology, social work, midwifery, occupational therapist, paediatrics, police service, mental health and counselling.

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