VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

What do I need in my GCSEs to do this course?

Grade ‘4’ in GCSE English and mathematics. You will also need a Grade ‘5’ in three other subjects or a ‘pass’ in a relevant level 2 BTEC course.

What will I learn?

Studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care will allow you to draw on a range of disciplines, such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Health and Social Care Management. You will learn about a range of contemporary Health and Social Care issues. Each topic varies, introducing new and interesting concepts.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through the completion of 8 mandatory units, 4 internal assessments, 4 external assessments and 5 optional units. The completed vocational qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and comprises of a combination of coursework and examinations. Some units will have an element of work experience, this is a compulsory requirement which the college arranges, valuing student choice. The learning environment is pleasant and positive where active teaching approaches are deployed to include group work, presentations, debates, guest speakers and visits to Health and Social Care settings.

What career opportunities are there from this course?

Due to the nature of the content studied across the units, this award prepares students for a career in both Health and Social Care settings. Health related options include a wide range of careers such as Adult and Paediatric Nursing, Midwifery and Community Dieticians. The social careers include entry into the field of Education, Social Work or in a caring capacity with vulnerable adults.

Teaching Assistant: Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

What do I need in my GCSEs to do this course?

Grade ‘4’ in GCSE English and mathematics. You will also need a Grade ‘5’ in three other subjects or a ‘pass’ in a relevant level 2 course.

What will I learn?

The Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools qualification course is an introduction to the role and responsibilities of teaching assistants. This teaching assistants’ course will provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.

How will I be assessed?

This course has a mix of practical assessments completed in the classroom as well as regular written assignments. A work placement of up to 100 hours is required to complete this course so students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement. We recommend you are in the school for between 3-6 hours per week.

What career opportunities are there from this course?

Become a teaching assistant. After successfully completing our Teaching Assistant Level 3 course, you could apply for a teaching assistant position within a school.
Gain a promotion. If you are already working as a teaching assistant, you may be eligible to work without supervision, for a promotion to Senior Teaching Assistant, Senior Learning Support Assistant or Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant, and for an increase in pay.