Awarding Body:CambridgeCourse Duration:2 Years

Course Content

Over the course of two years you will study 12 units exploring many aspects and issues relating to working within the Health, Social Care and Early Years sectors. This qualification will be the core of your study programme with 1 or 2 other A levels taken alongside it enabling you to successfully apply for an HE degree or employment.

There are a number of mandatory units that are a combination of coursework and examined units. Topics covered in these units include:

  • Building positive relationships (coursework)
  • Equality, diversity and rights (exam)
  • Health, safety and security (exam)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (exam)
  • Infection control (coursework)
  • Safeguarding (exam)

Additionally other coursework units would include:

  • Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care (exam)
  • The impact of long term physiological conditions
  • Supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Nutrition for health
  • Supporting people with mental health conditions
  • Care of Older People

Work Experience

In addition to classroom teaching and coursework there will also be a work experience commitment on a weekly basis during at least the first year of the course in a range of care settings. This will contribute to your studies as well as help you make an informed career choice.  It will also support your university application.

Methods of Teaching

Examined units are taught in a classroom environment but the course is also very student-centred so you will be participating in presentations, group work and discussions. You will develop independent research skills and also learn to work as a team member through a variety of practical tasks and activities linked to your coursework units.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

During each of the 2 years of study you will participate in coursework units, which will be internally marked and externally moderated and undergo a total of 5 exams to gain the qualification.  Five units will be examined and externally marked. The other seven coursework units will be internally marked. All units are awarded distinction, merit or pass. An external moderator will confirm the grade. Successful achievement of each unit will be combined leading to a final grade for the whole qualification which carries UCAS points.

Financial Implications

You are advised to purchase an "e tect book" currently £10. An additional photocopying charge of £15 will be required to cover the cost of providing booklets of support material for your studies.

Where Could It Take Me?

This course will enable you to apply for university degrees in subjects such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography and paramedic science. Also degrees in social work, primary teaching or youth studies. It will make you employable in the areas of health, social and early years care or give you access to higher apprenticeships.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.

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