The BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care is a new and very exciting course, based very heavily on vocational practice and requiring ongoing work placements working alongside health and social care professionals. It is a very challenging and extremely rewarding course to follow. The course encourages and nurtures young people to become confident and skilled young adults and students develop in numerous and varied ways. It is the equivalent of two A Levels and is a two year course.
There are eight units which are all assessed differently:
Human lifespan development: 90 minute external examination
Working in health and social care: 90 minute external examination
Enquiries into current research in health and social care: Three hours supervised time on pre-release material available six weeks in advance
Meeting individual care and support needs: Coursework
Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care: Coursework
Promoting public health: Coursework
Work experience: 100 hours of vital experience in the health and social care sector.
This coursework element is very flexible in terms of assessment methods so students can expect a variety of activities. These may include written reports and essays, witness statements from work placements, a diary of their experiences whilst on placement, display work and leaflets and guides for health workers. All of these are assessed as assignments which the teacher designs.
Methods of working
Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress and embrace the ethos of independent learning. Students must be prepared to be out of school on work placements. The course is challenging and demands a great deal of effort and effective time management and organisational skills. Students will need to be able to meet the deadlines as the course is continuously assessed. This said, students will be encouraged and supported fully.
• Independence of thought and action
• Taking responsibility for themselves and their learning.
• Research skills
• Effective communication skills
• Organisational skills
• Caring for vulnerable children and adults
• Multi-tasking and handling pressure situations
Where the course leads
The course leads to further study in the area or to a career in the students’ chosen field. The students will be very skilled and equipped to take either path. It is a valuable and sought-after commodity for local service providers and university tutors alike. Former students have gone on to university courses in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social work and teaching or directly into employment in care.
Special entry requirements
Students will be required to have achieved at least five grades 9-4 at GCSE level, including grade 5 in English.
Students should enjoy a mixture of teaching techniques and be motivated and enthusiastic. Students should also be prepared to work independently and want to fulfil their potential. In essence, students should have a passion for the subject area and a keen interest in working in a related field.