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Health and social care is the study of human growth and development and providing care to individuals to meet their needs. The health and social care sector comprises of two sub-sectors; health care and social care. Within our ever-growing society the demands on both of these continue to increase and adapt and as a result it is a major employer, employing almost four million people across the UK.
With more than 300 distinctive career paths into this sector this course is designed to help you develop the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to successfully progress directly to employment, apprenticeships and higher education.
This course aims to provide an introduction to the study of the sector for students interested in learning about health and social care. You will gain an understanding of physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth and development throughout the life stages. Students will learn how needs are identified and diagnosed, how effective care and treatment is delivered and the variety of roles involved in the process. You will investigate the importance of sector related legislation, policies and procedures and the impact they have on individuals, service providers and the sector. The programme provides awareness of the necessity of equality, diversity and anti-discriminative behaviour in order to effectively deliver care.
Within the PE Department, the aims of the Health and Social Care course are;
COMPONENT 1: HUMAN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
COMPONENT 2: HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES AND VALUE (LA – A and B1)
COMPONENT 3: HEALTH AND WELLBEING
UNIT 1: HUMAN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT – EXAM IN MAY
UNIT 5: MEETING INDIVIDUAL CARE AND SUPPORT NEEDS
UNIT 2: WORKING IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE – EXAM IN JANUARY
Learning Aim A – The roles and responsibilities of people who work in Health & Social Care settings.
Learning Aim B – The roles of organisations in health & Social care settings.
Learning Aim C – Working with people with specific needs in the health and social care sector
UNIT 14: PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDERS AND THEIR CARE
Learning Aim A – Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders.
Learning Aim B – Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders.
Learning Aim C – Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders.
Learning Aim D – Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs.
Students completing the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care will gain a broad introduction to the subject. The qualification develops learner’s knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them to successfully go on to employment and higher education courses. This is done in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies.
As the Health and Social Care sector grows, so do the job role opportunities. This vocational course develops behaviours and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, all of which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.
The following lists some examples of the wide range of careers in Health and Social Care;
There are many websites dedicated to finding a career in Health and Social Care, for example;
Careers in the NHS
Careers in Health and Social
Jobs in HSC
Health and Social Care Careers
Think Care Careers
Sports Health and Social Care Jobs
www.nhs.uk/ – National Health Service
www.simplypsychology.org/ – Guide to Psychology
www.ons.gov.uk/ – Office for National Statistics
www.healthsocialcarejobs.co.uk – Health & Social Care Jobs
www.publichealth.hscni.net/ – Public Health Agency
www.cqc.org.uk/ – Care Quality Commission
www.bbc.co.uk – BBC – Healthy Living /Lifestyle
www.bhf.org.uk – British Heart Foundation – Causes, diagnosis and treatment
www.bupa.co.uk – BUPA – Private Health Care
www.doh.gov.uk – Department of Health – Physiological Disorders
www.food4life.org.uk – Food4life – Nutrition, Eatwell plate, food groups
www.livestrong.com – Livestrong – effects of poor nutrition
www.macmillan.org.uk – Macmillan – Treatment and Support