Course offered at: Highbury Fields School COLA Islington

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 Health and Social Care

Course Outline

This course is for students who are interested in a career in areas such as Registered Care Homes, Community Work, Social Work, Probation Services or Voluntary Work. The course is the equivalent to three A-levels and gives you the skills you need to work in these fields or go on to a degree programme in a related subject. The course combines practical skills with care theory.

The Extended Certificate (taught at COLA Islington)

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level.

The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:
• Human Lifespan Development
• Working in Health and Social Care
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.

Learners can select one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector.
Optional units include:
• Sociological Perspectives
• Psychological Perspectives
• Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

The Extended Diploma (taught at Highbury Fields)

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is intended as an applied general qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through
applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

The qualification develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content. It allows learners to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically on health studies.

Learners taking this qualification will study eight mandatory units:
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
• Human Lifespan Development
• Working in Health and Social Care
• Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs
• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
• Promoting Public Health
• Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

To develop a better understanding of the demands of the sector to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the sector when applying for further study, learners are required to undertake a
minimum of 100 hours’ of work experience as part of the course and for learners. Learners are able to select five optional units from their chosen pathway.

Optional units in the general pathway include:
• Sociological Perspectives
• Psychological Perspectives
• Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
• Nutritional Health
• Caring for Individuals with Dementia
• Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs.

Optional units from the health studies pathway include:
• Microbiology for Health Science
• Genetics
• Biochemistry for Health
• Health Psychology
• Physiological Disorders and their Care.

These IC6 schools will offer this qualification in September 2019:

City of London Academy Islington (Extended Certificate EDEXCEL) the specification can be read here
Highbury Fields School (Extended Diploma EDEXCEL) the specification can be read here

Entry Requirements

Students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and at least a 4 in Maths and/or English. Alternatively, students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma in a related subject should have achieved at least Merit grades.

You may be able to study for your GCSE English and Maths re-takes alongside either of these qualifications.

For further details regarding entry requirements please contact IC6 on 020 7017 3040


Assessment

Extended Certificate 360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level.
4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Extended Diploma 1080 GLH (1530 TQT) Equivalent in size to three A Levels.
13 units of which 8 are mandatory and 4 are external.
Mandatory content (72%). External assessment (42%).


Progression

The course provides a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the health and social care sector. If you wish to enter one of the professions such as nursing, midwifery or social work you would need to continue your studies to degree level.

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