The BTEC Diploma courses have been designed to provide a broad education as a foundation both for employment and for higher education.

The course offers the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in preparation for entry into the health and social care sector or higher education.

There is a planned programme of work placement on the course which allows for first-hand experience in a range of health and social care environments, such as care homes, day centres and local support networks.

Over the two years learners are expected to gain experience working with individuals across the age ranges. This placement element is a compulsory requirement for the course.

The course also provides opportunities to develop first aid skills and supports the application of theory to practice. In addition, the programme supports career decisions through the use of guest speakers, visits to universities and guidance on volunteer opportunities in the local area. To further prepare our learners we provide a structured Higher Education Preparation Day at the end of Year One which takes them through a university selection process.

You will study a range of subjects or units over the two years dependant on the size of the qualification taken (National Diploma or National Extended Diploma (2 or 3 A level equivalent).

This includes:
• Human Lifespan Development (External assessment)
• Working in Health and Social Care (External assessment)
• Work Experience in Health and Social Care
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (External assessment)
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
• Promoting Public Health
• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care (External assessment)

The Department is staffed by subject specialists and fully qualified teachers.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) is compulsory for all students undertaking work experience in a care setting.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:
Vocational programmes require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4.

Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 4.

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma programme comprises individual units that combine to complete the qualification over two academic years and is the equivalent to a maximum of three A Level subjects.

The course is assessed through internally set assignments and externally assessed work. On completion of the course the final grades awarded are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

Where does it lead?

This qualification is a direct route into employment in the care sector. It is also a route into higher education, including all areas of nursing, youth and community work, operating department practice, occupational therapy, health studies and social work.

Students on this course have progressed on to:
• Degree courses in Nursing Mental Health, Adult, Paediatric, Learning Disability
• Health Studies degrees
• Social Work
• Occupational Therapy
• Podiatry
• Counselling and Alternative Therapies
• ODP – Operating Department Practitioner
• Children and Family Studies

Other possible career options
• Youth Work and Youth Justice
• Probation Service
• Primary Teaching
• Counselling

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