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Student Handbook

BTEC Level 3.1 Health and Social Care 1

Contents What is a BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care?

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Course structure and unit titles

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How will you be assessed?

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Health and Social Care top tips to success‌

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Be safe and healthy‌

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Work Placement

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College is very different from school and it has helped me mature and get my head down whereas at school

never did! (Nicky)


This course has helped me as it has shown me what i am capable of and given me confidence to work towards my career pathway (Gareth)

I have grown and matured ...this course had a lot to offer it changed me from a stubborn, selfish teenager into a

more open minded confident women. (Chelsea)


What is a BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care? Over the next two years you could achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, this is a specialist work-related qualification which is equivalent to three A ‘levels. •

It is a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification which provides entry into employment in health and social care settings.

Progression routes in to Higher Education vocational courses include: nursing degrees, social work and teaching qualifications.

I have just finished my training to be a midwife.

Working hard together to achieve

We are training to be adult nurses at Hull University.

I am at university doing an Early Years degree. BTEC

I went to Staffordshire University to train to be a counsellor. 3

Celebrating success I am training to be social worker.

I am working as a youth worker.

I am training to be a child’s nurse in Birmingham.

Course structure and unit titles The 1st year consists of eight core units and three specialist units, followed by nine units in year 2. In the first year you will cover the following core units. Unit description

Number points awarded

Unit 1 - Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 3 - Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 4 - Development Through the Life Stages Deadline: Unit 5 - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 6 - Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 7 - Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care Deadline: Unit 8 - Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care Deadline:

Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90


Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 140/160/180 Pass/Merit/Distinction 35/40/45 Pass/Merit/Distinction 35/40/45

Specialist Units Unit 18 Working in the Health Sector Deadline: Unit 10 Looked after children Deadline: Unit 11 - Supporting adults Deadline:

Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90 Pass/Merit/Distinction 70/80/90

Key Dates: Autumn term – 3rd September to 26th October and 5th November to 21st December 2012 Spring term – 7th January to 8th February and 18th February to 22nd March 2013 Summer term – 8th April to 24th May and 3rd June to 16th July 2013 4

How will you be assessed? A variety of assessment methods will be used including: • individual or group presentations and role plays • written assignments eg: word documents, leaflets, charts and brochures • work experience projects eg: daily placement log book Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The details of what needs to be achieved are set out in the individual unit task sheets. The points from each unit grade will be added together and at the end of the first year you could achieve a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and at the end of the two years your total points will give you a grade for the Extended Diploma. There is no external assessment or exam on this course.

Results in August 2013 Equivalent to one A ‘level

Results in August 2014 Equivalent to three A ‘levels


Health and Social Care top tips to success…

Homework • • • • • • • •

As part of your commitment to this course and to ensure your success on it your teachers will each set you a piece of homework every week. Sometimes these will be short tasks, which may involve you doing some research. Others will be longer and be part of your assignment work. Homework will be marked and graded as appropriate. Short pieces of work will be returned to you within one week and longer pieces within two weeks. Consistently good work will be rewarded with a letter home praising your achievements or student of the month award. Failure to complete homework tasks set will result in a meeting with your tutor and/or the course-coordinator. They will help you write an action plan so the work can be completed. Homework tasks can be done in college during your free time to save you having to do too much at home. Homework is set for your benefit, as we want you to achieve and progress on to higher education courses or employment.

You need to attend all classes as set out on your timetable, always be on time and always be fully prepared. 6

Much of the information you need will be on Moodle from assignment briefs to web links

Information such as your timetable can be found here

Always save your assignment work in more than one place eg: college hard drive and a pen/USB drive.

• Communication with your teachers and tutors is vital to help you gain maximum support to help you achieve your goals. •

This includes notification of illness, or unforeseen circumstances, which may affect your progress. Teachers can then be aware of any support you may need

If for any reason you cannot attend college, you must inform the college as soon as possible. You, or your representative, can telephone student services at college on 01482 711688. The message should state; a) Reason for absence/lateness b) When you are likely to return to college

Time: Date: Place:


STUDY SUPPORT Support will be available to all students in the following ways; • Through one to one tutorials which focus on learning progress. • Through curriculum support via revision classes, mentoring and extra sessions. • Through pastoral support via student services. • In addition some specialist support may be available for those with specific learning difficulties.

Reading around the subject is important, doing independent research and increasing your knowledge will help you to achieve the higher grades. You can quote directly from textbooks, magazines, websites, journals and other documents as long as you reference them and include them in your bibliography. Use a variety of types of texts to reference in your work, it will give you a wider understanding of the topic and show that you have worked independently to improve your own knowledge.

If you are unsure of any of this, please ask one of the teachers – we’re here to help! 8

Don’t copy work from other student’s, and don’t lend anyone else your work - plagiarism is something we take very seriously.

Be safe and healthy‌

Any medical issues talk to your tutor or teacher. In an emergency there are first aiders on the site.

If the fire alarm goes off the teachers in the block will lead you to the designated area.

Drink water from the filter in the block to hydrate your brain and thank you for not eating or drinking anything but water in the block. Keep up to date with deadlines so there is no need to be stressed.


Other people and their property

Work Placement The BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care includes 120 hours of mandatory work experience. Students will spend two separate block weeks on work placement in the first year. These are arranged for you by the department staff. We are very fortunate to have some excellent placements in this area that provide students with very valuable experience. It is essential that as a representative of the college you demonstrate willingness, commitment, reliability and observe confidentiality at all times. You are expected to prepare yourself adequately for work experience in order to gain maximum benefit from the opportunity. You should expect to work the normal hours of the establishment.

“It was great I got a job out of it!”

“ Really enjoyed it never worked with children before...” BTEC National in Health & Social Care placement dates 2012-2013 Week commencing 28 January 2013 Week commencing 4 February 2013 Week commencing 17 June 2013 Week commencing 24 June 2013


To be sent on placement you will require a clean CRB – if this could be a problem see JB or WM as soon as possible.

BTEC Level 3.1 Health and Social Care  

BTEC Level 3.1 Health and Social Care