BTEC National Extended Certificate features 4 units over two years and counts as 1 A Level. you will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction on each unit and then your overall grade for the 4 units will be calculated giving you your final result for the A Level. The course also features a period of work placement for one week, which is usually completed in the second year of study. The work placement is arranged to suit student living arrangements, transportation and interest in further careers.
Students can study 2 other A Level subjects alongside this.
Students will complete a range of coursework tasks in order to meet the set learning requirements for each unit. Tasks vary between traditional reports and newer exploratory learning assessments. Coursework can be assessed in a variety of ways including practical activities. All tasks have a kinesthetic, vocational educational basis and are marked and moderated continuously throughout the year. Part of the course assessment is based upon completion of a one-week period of a practial work placement within a local health and social care service.
You will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction (possibly a U or N) on each unit and then overall grade for the 2 or 4 units will be calculated giving you your final result for the 1AS or 1 A Level equivalent course.
This is a full time course and you can take other A level subjects as well.
Skills and knowledge acquired are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, in their own lives or future employment.
We do not request any students to have previously studied Health and Social Care before coming on the course, we simply ask that students have a minimum of two Bs and four grade Cs at GCSE or equivalent.
This subject is ideal for students who have an interest in working in the Health and Social Care sector, for example midwifery now requires Science A Level and this course would combine well with this. This is also a good course for students who haven’t decided on their career, as you develop many written and practical skills to prepare you for a number of degree courses at university, particularly those in the health care sector. Students who would like to progress onto a degree course at university would also find this course useful. After completing this 2 year course, the majority of students apply for degree courses in nursing, social work, speech therapy, paramedic degree, youth and community work, nutrition, psychology, sociology and many more.
There are many benefits studying Health and Social Care at Loreto. The teaching team are extremely supportive and helpful and all of them have previous experience of working within a health and social care setting, e.g. nursing, nursery nursing, health visiting, working with people with disabilities, counselling and radiography.
The resources available for students studying this course are excellent, including PCs for each student to work on, access to hundreds of books, journals and magazines related to health and social care, a fully interactive departmental intranet to help support teachign and learning including educational games.