Vocational Studies

Introduction

 Health and Social Care has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector
  • give learners a more focused understanding of health and social care through the units covered
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

The first unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second unit. Health and Social Care also contains a range of optional specialist units, to accommodate a wide range of learners’ needs and interests, from Promoting Health and Wellbeing to Individual Rights in Health and Social Care.

Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively. Health and Social Care provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.

Assessment approach in Health and Social Care includes an externally assessed unit in. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to academic qualifications such as GCEs and GCSEs. The assessment approach taken in internally assessed units in Health and Social Care allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities, including assignment and project work, case studies,  role play and presentations. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking account of the industry standards for behaviour and performance.

Subject Team

Mr Hammond Mrs Redmond Mrs Flynn
Head of Vocational Studies
BTEC Co-ordinator
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Key Stage 3

N/A

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Future pathways

Level 3 Health and Social Care
Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively. Health and Social Care provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.

Achievement at Level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector, supporting progression on to other vocational qualifications at Level 3, such as the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care.

The underpinning knowledge and understanding, practical and vocational skills learnt will also enhance and support the progression to a relevant competency-based course, such as the Edexcel Level 2/3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care.