BTEC Health and Social Care
BTEC Health and Social Care is a course covering a range of health and social care issues from examining the skills needed in the care profession to a deeper understanding of biological issues. BTEC is more vocational in approach, and is ideal for students more adept at continuous assessment ( coursework ) as there are no external examinations.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
There are two BTEC options:
- BTEC Health and Social Care Subsidiary Diploma ( equivalent to 1 A level )
- BTEC Health and Social Care Diploma ( equivalent to 2 A levels )
Each course covers a variety of modules including: an analysis of the caring profession, equality and diversity in the caring profession and the rights of individuals in care, through to a biological analysis of life stages and health implications. Anatomy and physiology, sociological aspects of the health care profession and psychological perspectives are all covered in the larger, Diploma course.
The course itself is more practical in nature. Students are required to spend 100 hours over the two years working in three different health and social care settings if undertaking the larger Diploma programme. Students on the Subsidiary Diploma will also be encouraged to undertake some work experience, but this is not a compulsory part of the course.
There will be guest speakers from a range of care backgrounds visiting college to give students a deeper insight to career options available.
Where might it lead?
BTEC Health and Social Care courses when combined with A levels, offer an excellent route to university for a variety of degrees. These include: social work, nursing, counselling and nursery nursing amongst others. Alternatively, students may gain employment directly from college.
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