Externally examined assessed units for the Diploma:
There is a one-hour exam for each of the units, consisting of a short and long answer questions, with an opportunity for extended writing within the exam.
Plus a range of coursework based units, with the following compulsory units:
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 kinaesthetic, vocational educational basis and are marked and moderated continuously throughout the year. There are also two examined based units which require some short and long answers and counts at 12.5 % towards the overall grade on the course. Part of the course assessment is based upon completion of a one-week period of a practical work placement within a local health and social care service.
BTEC First Diploma features 12 units and counts as 4 GCSEs. You will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction on each unit and then your overall grade for the 12 units will be calculated giving you your final result for the course. The course also features a period of work placement. The work placement is arranged to suit student living arrangements, transportation and interest in further careers.
Skills and knowledge acquired are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, in their own lives, or future employment.
We assess each student on an individual basis but the main requirements are students who achieved a minimum of 4 D grades at GCSE, one of which should be in English Language.
We do not request any students to have previously studied Health and Social Care before coming on this course.
This subject is ideal for students who want to follow a career in a caring profession either in Health or Social Care. It is particularly useful for those students who would like to progress onto an A level advanced course possibly the BTEC 3 A level Course. After completing this one-year course, as long as students gain a minimum of an overall merit with evidence of distinction in at least two of your units you will be able to progress to BTEC advanced courses, which are the equivalent to A levels.
There are many benefits of 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 teaching and learning, including educational games.
As a department we also offer a number of trips out over the duration of our course, for example visits to: the disabled living centre, China town, the People’s History museum, Thackery Medical Museum in Leeds and local Health and Social Care Services.