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Health & Social Care

This vocational course was introduced to school for the first time in September 2007. In September 2010, a new specification was introduced which changed each unit’s content and the levels of qualification. The new specification is outlined in the course booklet, which is available to view on our school's Moodle.

The course has a large vocational content and is assessed through major coursework assignments, focusing on the following four grading domains:

  • application of knowledge and understanding
  • development of practical and technical skills
  • personal development for occupational roles
  • application of generic skills.

For this reason, students must have an interest in the subject area and be able to manage sizeable assignments requiring much independent study, research, self managing and organisational skills. The assessment and grading is based on 100% coursework. There is no final examination.

The health and social care sector employs some of the most talented and brilliant people the country has to offer, and when you combine the magnitude of the NHS with the sizeable private and voluntary care sectors, you have a huge and diverse range of progressive career opportunities. The NHS, as the main employer, has a continual need for doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and support staff, and there are further opportunities to work for the NHS in social care, in hospitals, educational settings and residential homes.

BTEC Firsts are Level 2 QCF qualifications covering a wide range of subject areas and are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related, vocational area.