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Specialist Qualification - Health and Social Care

Entry Criteria:
– Five GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above
– One of the five to be GCSE Mathematics or English at Grade 4 or above.

Coursework/Examination Requirements: This course is made up of 17 units which are assessed with a combination of internal and external assignments and examinations; 11 units are internally assessed with six units being under examination conditions.

Awarding Body/Specifications: OCR Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Students will be awarded Distinction, Merit or Pass grades for individual units. These are then calculated into UCAS points.

Advanced Specialist Qualification:
This is a two-year full time vocational course equivalent to three A Levels. The course focuses on the health and social care sector looking at all life stages, services and current legislation. This will also include some practical experience. This qualification prepares students for direct employment into the vocational sector in a range of Health and Social Care professions or to progress to Higher Education. You will also benefit from gaining work experience in Health, Social Care and Early Years settings.

The course consists of a variety of units including Psychology, Sociology and Anatomy and Physiology. Assessment is either internally assessed in the form of assignments or through external tasks or examinations set by the examination board. Students also carry out regular work experience (one day a week) in a range of Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. You will also achieve a basic First Aid certificate and Food Hygiene certificate.

Contents to Study:
– Anatomy and Physiology 
– Communication Skills 
– Equality and Diversity
– Infection Control
– Psychology
– Person Centred Approach 
– Health and Safety
– Creative Activities
– Sociology
– Health Promotion
– Nutrition
– Sexual Health
– Research Methods
– Dementia Care
– Caring for Older People
– Long Term Physiological Condition
– Safeguarding

Progression: Students can enter into employment in a range of apprenticeships within the Health and Social Care professions. Some direct entry employment is combined with further professional qualifications. Alternatively, students can enter into Higher Education, studying a range of Health and Social Care degree
programmes including: Social Work, Health and Social Care, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Occupational Therapy,
Paramedic Science, Speech and Language Therapy and many more. Advanced Specialist Qualifications are equivalent to A Levels and recognised by universities.

Opportunities: Work placements run in conjunction with this course and you are required to attend one day a week throughout the two years. Placements will be in Health, Social Care and Early Years settings and you will be expected to work alongside qualified staff. The work placement enables you to put classroom theory into practice, increasing your employability skills and improving your confidence.

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