Advanced Technical Programme in Health & Social Care

The Isle of Wight College
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and useful and takes place with an external employer, external to the place where you study, where you can experience the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*- C in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

WHAT THE INTERMEDIATE STUDY PROGRAMME CONTAINS

This two-year study programme contains the following components:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care (Year 1) – topping up to
  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Year 2)
  • Maths GCSE, Functional Skills, or Enhancement
  • English GCSE, Functional Skills, or Enhancement

WHO IS THE FOUNDATION STUDY PROGRAMME FOR?

This study programme is for learners with 5 x GCSE Grade 4 (C), including either Grade 4 (C) in Maths and in English, who intend to progress to careers as care and support workers, or on to Higher Education and Training as nurses, social workers, and other health-related professionals.

Before you join the course, you will have an interview with Health and Social Care staff, and provide us with the names of two people that can supply us with a reference. You will also undertake a police check (DBS) at the start of the course.

You will need to demonstrate a good attendance record, evidence of recent academic study, good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work with others, a commitment to or an interest in a career in health and social care, and a positive attitude.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

The course will be varied with some classroom lessons, workplace activities, guest speakers, and independent research.

During your first year, you will be working towards the BTEC Foundation Diploma and alongside your work experience, Maths and English timetabled sessions you will be studying the following units:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Services
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives

During your second year, you will be “topping up” to the BTEC Extended Diploma and you will be allocated a role at St Mary’s Hospital for one day a week where you will experience first-hand the day-to-day work of a busy NHS ward. Alongside this, you will continue Maths and English Enhancement lessons and you will have careers guidance including UCAS workshops. Your second year units are:

  • Promoting Public Health
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Nutritional Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

During Year 1, you will sit two 1½ hour exams to assess two of the units; the remaining units will be assessed through coursework assignments. You will have an opportunity to resit these exams in January of Year 2.

During Year 2, you will sit two more 1½ hour exams to assess to of the units; the remaining units will be assessed through coursework assignments. You will not be able to resit the Year 2 exams.

Maths and English Enhancement during Year 2 will be assessed through a combination of controlled tests and coursework assignments.

WHAT WILL THIS LEAD TO?

  • Higher Education and Training at university
  • Professional qualifications in health and social care –related professions, such as nursing, teaching, and social work
  • An advanced apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
  • You may be able to join a Level 3 programme in a different sector, dependent upon funding restrictions
  • Employment in the health and social care sector
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