Introduction

The course is designed to provide students with a specialist work-related qualification in health and social care which is recognised by employers and universities. It allows students to develop a wide ranging theoretical education whilst also gaining valuable work experience in this demanding field. An essential part of the course looks at the functions of the body and factors affecting its growth and development.
This is a comprehensive course for individuals wanting to progress into higher education and/or a career in a wide range of professions within the fields of health and social care. It provides a specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to one A-Level.

Entry requirements

GCSE Health and Social Care at grade C or above or BTEC in Health and Social Care (Level 2) at Merit or above or GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above.
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be completed prior to any work experience undertaken.

Course Content

Students will study a range of subjects including ‘Human Growth and Development’ and ‘Working within Health and Social Care’; both of these units are assessed via formal written examination. Further units to be studied include ‘Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs’ and ‘Physiological Disorders and their Care’. Both of these units are assessed internally via coursework.
Integral to the course will be trips to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and other local health and social care settings, such as pre-school nurseries and schools, residential care centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, pharmacists, day centres for the elderly or people with special needs, hospices for people with terminal illnesses and hostels for the homeless.

Future Opportunities

Progression on to undergraduate courses at universities in a variety of health related fields is encouraged. There are a number of health/science related degrees offered at our local and national universities including nursing, social work, radiography, medical technician, occupational therapy, teaching, mental health and operating department practitioner.

Full course details to be added shortly.