Health and Social Care provides students with an interest in any of the caring professions with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care, education and the criminal justice sectors.
A valuable introduction for anyone wishing to work in any kind of people orientated career in the future and considering professions such as nursing, teaching, childcare, social work, policing and counselling. You must have an interest in working with people and be concerned with individual needs and diversity. Due to the considerable proportion of coursework, this course allows you to rapidly improve your communication skills. A very high proportion of students on these courses go on to study related degrees at university, while many others choose to pursue apprenticeships, especially with the NHS, the UK’s largest employer.
Health and Social Care students particularly enjoy the vocational aspect of the course and the emphasis on application to practice. Students consistently achieve excellent results in this subject at Dereham Sixth Form.
We will follow the OCR Technicals specification, which was offered for the first time in 2016 and which allows you to gain equivalent UCAS points to the linear A Levels. You can opt to take the equivalent of either one A Level (the Extended Certificate) or two A Levels (the Diploma) in Health and Social Care.
(equivalent to one A Level; approx. 60% exam, 40% coursework)
Over the two years you will study the following mandatory units:
This challenging unit is specifically designed to prepare aspiring nurses and other clinicians for the demands of degree level health courses.
In addition, you will study two optional units, likely to be:
(equivalent to two A Levels; approx. 46% exam, 54% coursework). Over the two years you will study the six units above in addition to the following mandatory units:
Diploma students will also study two additional portfolio units which are likely to be taken from the following options:
Portfolio (i.e. coursework) units are internally assessed but externally moderated.
Minimum 55444 including Level 4 in English and Mathematics GCSE.
“I took Health and Social Care because of the number of job opportunities that the A Level brings. The coursework can be challenging but the teachers are great and the lessons are very rewarding.”
“I chose the Diploma as it involved a range of topics, allowing me to explore the different sectors relating to Health and Social Care. The course leads you into many professions, which is great if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, but want to work in a role involving caring and supporting people.”
Our students have gone on to study – amongst other things – nursing; teaching; occupational therapy and social work. They have secured apprenticeships with the NHS, with local pharmacies and nurseries and employment with various care organisations.
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