What will I study on the course?
Tasks and activities that help you learn about:
- The human body - how it works and what can go wrong - illness and disease
- How we grow and develop throughout our lives - physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally
- What a healthy diet is and the effects of a poor diet e.g. obesity, diabetes and heart disease
- How to communicate effectively with different clients - children, the elderly or people with disabilities
- How to research- this is an opportunity to do a small independent research project on a H&SC topic of your choice. Recent topics have included: how the media can influence body image, attitudes to smoking, alcohol or mental health conditions and contemporary issues such as understaffing within the NHS and alternative/complementary therapies. This is particularly useful preparation for undertaking the dissertation module of a degree if you progress to university.
On the 21st April, BTEC Year 13 Health and Social care group planned and carried out a health promotion campaign for part of their course work. The students had been working on this over the past few weeks and mimicked their campaigns on a current campaign or health promotion initiative, to raise health awareness and educate the students of Paston College in a chosen area. The health topics covered; Physical Health (sexual health, smoking, impact of sugary drinks alcohol and drug awareness) and Mental Health (eating disorders and anxiety and depression).
In addition to class study you will attend a placement on one day per week which will enable you to link theory to practice. You will choose three placements over the two years e.g. in nurseries, primary schools, nursing or residential homes, or day centres (for the elderly and people with disabilities and learning difficulties).
What sort of things will I be doing on the course?
The emphasis on this course is to help you develop the practical skills, the academic knowledge and your independent learning skills to enable you to progress to vocational work/apprenticeships or to university to pursue more academic courses. A wide range of teaching and practical activities are used, such as investigating and evaluating your own diet using computer programmes to identify possible health issues, assessing your own health and fitness using appropriate tests and procedures, taking part in role plays and scenarios to practise your communication skills, carrying out a risk assessment in a care setting to see if you can identify and manage potential hazards, using case studies to explore the effects of ageing or disability and designing and carrying out a piece of research on a topic of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to learn or practise your first aid skills and as part of enrichment, achieve a First Aid Certificate.
This is under review but it is likely that you will mainly be assessed through a range of coursework which includes written reports, practical projects, oral presentations and a reflective journal from your work placements. It is likely that there will be at least 3 externally assessed units.
What can I go on to do after I’ve completed this course?
You could study a wide range of courses at university including those related to Health or Social Care or go directly into employment with the option of further training e.g. NVQs/apprenticeships. Some students go straight into employment, often as a result of successful work placements.
The majority of students go on to higher education to study for degrees such as nursing, midwifery and teaching/early childhood studies. Other choices have included social work, occupational therapy and other NHS apprenticeships. Paston Sixth Form College has a Progression Accord with University College Suffolk which gives students the option to continue their studies locally to degree level after completing their BTEC.
Please note: this is a full-time vocational programme.
Please refer to our entry requirements for the different programmes of study.
Additional entry requirements for this course: English Language GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C),
and either Maths GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C) or Science GCSE grade C
Merit/ Distinction in a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care plus new grade 4 in GCSE English Language (or old grade C).