What Will I Study?

Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care:

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

Mandatory and External:

  •  Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development
  •  Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care

Mandatory and Internal:

  •  Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Optional and Internal:

  • Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care

Diploma in Health and Social Care:

720 GLH Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (46%).

Mandatory and External:

  • Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Mandatory and Internal:

  • Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 8 Promoting Public Health

Optional and Internal:

  • Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care *
  • Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care

*100 hours of work experience

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC Merit- Level 2 from H&SC, Science and PE
  • GCSE English Grade 4, Maths Grade 4
  • 5 Grade 4 or above GCSEs or BTEC equivalent
  • Commitment to 200 hours of relevant work experience

Assessment

The course is assessed through a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment: internal, external and synoptic. Most units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. The styles of external assessment are examination and set tasks. Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively (in an integrated way) an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task. Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed.

Where Next?

The health and social care sector is a major employer of almost 4 million people in the UK, many of whom are highly skilled. Almost 1.7 million job openings are expected over the period to 2020. It also makes a vital contribution to all other aspects of the economy and society by creating a healthy and productive workforce and by caring for the ageing and the vulnerable. Services provided by the sector will touch every individual and family in the UK.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care prepares learners to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the health and social care sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college.

University of Suffolk

Thomas Gainsborough Sixth Form and University of Suffolk would like to widen access to higher education in Suffolk by identifying and enhancing progression routes between them. This includes the provision of guaranteed HE places if Entry Requirements are met, and other collaborative activities designed to support progression between the identified programmes.