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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE BTEC first Health & Social Care is a one year course, the course is aimed at students who have not yet got the qualifications for Advanced level study. Successful completion of the course allows students to choose an advanced level course of study if they wish. Students successfully completing the course do not have to continue studying Health & Social Care into Advanced level, although many people choose to. The course develops knowledge and understanding of skills and issues involved in care, health and early years work, so is most suited to people who are interested in a career in this area. Are there any special requirements? Unit 1: Communication and individual rights Here you will be looking at various forms of communication both verbal and non verbal, and studying the barriers to effective communication and how to overcome them. You will also study the diversity of modern British society and laws promoting equality. Unit 2: Individual needs in the health and social care setting Here you will be looking at the many factors that influence the individual needs of people who need health and social care expertise. You will also study laws that promote effective health and safety. Unit 3: Work experience You will undertake 60 hours of relevant work experience where you will put unto practice the skills developed during the course. You will be asked to record and evaluate your experiences at work. What skills will I need and be developing during the course? You will need to organise yourself carefully if you are going to do well in Health and Social Care. There will be situations where good interpersonal and communication skills will be needed. Communication will also be important in your written work when you are writing up assignments and answering exam questions. You will need to be able to express your own ideas, and things you have found out through independent research, clearly and in your own words. If this isn't your strong point but you want to improve, support is available to help you. Skills you use during this course are also needed for your Key Skills qualification. How is the Course assessed? All units are assessed through coursework What career opportunities are there? Most students who take this course are interested in working in jobs that involved helping people, (e.g. nursing, social work, police) some students take Health & Social Care so they can learn a variety of interpersonal skills that can be useful in lots of different occupations. Most students continue to Advanced level courses but some take up employment or work-based training instead, often in related areas. ...and what else? There is a work experience week in the spring term of the course, which lets students try out a job in the health, care or early years sector. The course is taught by an experienced and knowledgeable team, who are keen to help you achieve your potential. If you feel you need it, English support lessons are available to help you with coursework. Visits to care settings take place as part of the course, to help you see the practical applications of what you are studying. Entry Requirement You don't need to have studied Health & Social Care before. The most important requirements are the desire to learn, and a willingness to meet deadlines. If you have mainly GCSE grade Ds, feel that you are good at doing coursework, and are interested in health and care work this is a suitable course for you. Good attendance is vital for success so you must be willing to attend all lessons. What and how will I be studying? The course is made up of three units of equal value. All are assessed through coursework.

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE BTEC first Health & Social Care is a one year course, the course is aimed at students who have not yet got the qualifications for Advanced level study. Successful completion of the course allows students to choose an advanced level course of study if they wish. Students successfully completing the course do not have to continue studying Health & Social...

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