This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.
The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care (603/0395/5)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the care industry.
The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care (603/3293/1)* provides students with the knowledge and understanding of child development and wellbeing necessary when preparing for working with children in a variety of settings.
About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.
In the UK, there are approximately 2 million childcare places for children aged under five and there are career roles available in many different types of early years settings, ranging from childminders and nannies to nurseries, crèches and pre-schools. Knowledge of child development is also important in a variety of healthcare roles such as paediatrician, psychologist, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist.
This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.
*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables
There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in working with people and/or children in a caring capacity.
You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.
For the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care you will need to complete three mandatory units:
Weighting: 30% of the qualification
Weighting: 30% of the qualification
Weighting: 40% of the qualification
Assessment: External assessed task
For the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care, you will also need to complete three mandatory units which relate to children aged 0-5 years old:
Weighting: 12.5% of the qualification
Weighting: 37.5% of the qualification
Weighting: 50% of the qualification
Assessment: External examination
Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments, externally assessed tasks and an external examination.
All units must be successfully completed to gain each of the qualifications.
You will be required to supply your own writing materials.
Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:
You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.
Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:
For more information, email the 14-16 team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.