This course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you for employment in the health and social care sector or to provide career development opportunities to progress onto a relevant Level 3 programme. You will be fully supported by highly qualified and experienced staff who are committed to creating engaging and exciting learning environments for all. As work placement is an integral part of this programme, you will get the opportunity for both learning and practical experience.

  • Description

    The course comprises classroom based learning and work placement. Classroom based learning will help develop and understanding of the relevant health and social care theory which you can then put into practice within the a setting. You will complete a minimum of 60 hours of work placement and this will also help develop other core skills such as communication and listening skills; you will also be able to develop a secure understanding of the care values including confidentiality, person centred care and safeguarding.

    A Disclosure Barring Check (DBS) is required for all learners in order to work with Vulnerable Individuals. We try to work with students to identify a suitable work placement taking into consideration interests and future career aspirations.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade D or above in English and also in Maths. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to D or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.

  • Qualification

    BTEC First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

  • Progression

    Level 3 Health and Social Care

  • Assessment

    There are two forms of assessment: Assignment work which can consist of reports, presentations, posters, leaflets, and group activities; two externally set exams for units on Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living.

  • Home Study

    Research is an ongoing expectation of the programme/course. This will demonstrate motivation and research skills. There is approximately 5 hours a week of homework or research.

  • Work Placement

    You are expected to attend 2 days a week during term time, plus 3 block weeks over the year.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    It is recommended that students have access to a copy of the student text book at home. Some copies may be available to loan via the Learning Resource Centre. Students will also need to buy an embroidered polo shirt and/or jumper for work placement.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.