Health & Social Care

The Health and Social Care sector is the largest employer in the UK and this versatile subject allows students to develop a variety of skills.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above. A BTEC Level 2 or GCSE Health and Social Care would be an advantage, but not essential. Students who are taking the BTEC National Diploma will be offered a work placement and will therefore expected to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

How is the course taught?

The course is taught in a variety of ways, depending on the topics being covered. Students will learn through practical activities including planning and delivering a Health Promotion Campaign. They are also expected to completed all homework tasks as well as self study in preparation for the examined units. Discussions and presentations are a common feature in the lessons with visits from guest speakers. Students are expected to prepare in advance and be able to speak about a topic at the start of the lesson.

What areas are covered by the course?

Year One: Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health and Social Care Sector, Meeting Individual Care and Supporting Needs, Sociological Perspectives.
Year Two: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs, Enquiries into Current Research and Health and Social Care, Promoting Public Health, Principles of Safe Practice.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through external examinations, coursework and controlled assessments.

Career Opportunities

The course allows progression to employment or further study at university. Many students have pursued careers in Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Operating Theatre Studies and Sport Science and Physiotherapy.