Health & Social Care
How is the course assessed?
The ‘double’ qualification (Diploma) comprises of two 1 ½ hour written examinations, one 3 hour-controlled assessment and then five coursework assignments that range in the form of reports, case study analysis, seminar notes, booklets and potentially work experience.
The ‘triple’ qualification (Extended Diploma) comprises of three 1 ½ hour written examinations, one 3 hour-controlled assessment and then nine coursework assignments that range in the form of reports, case study analysis, seminar notes, booklets, live demonstrations and work experience.
What is the average class size?
Approximately 15 students, although this varies from year to year.
Are the teachers specialists in the subject area?
Within the department we have teachers from a variety of subjects which supports the breadth of the curriculum in Health and Social Care. Teachers have expertise in Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology as well as years of experience working within the subject. Our staff have worked with universities, teaching hospitals and other local providers to ensure that the vocational knowledge shared with the students is accurate and up-to-date.
How successful have previous students been in this subject?
Our course has a had a superb success rate both in terms of grades and where students have used the qualification to move on to the next stage of their learning journey.
We have had students achieve the highest possible grade, which is only achieved usually be a very small percentage of those students taking the qualification nationally.
Most of our students are graded with at least one Distinction.
We have a 100% pass rate – we have never had a student fail the course.
From the 2018-2020 ‘triple’ cohort, 8 out of 9 students went on to study on a clinical course at university (Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Child Nursing, Adult Nursing).
From 2019-2021 our ‘double’ and ‘triple’ students went on to a range of pathways, including degree courses at university in Adult Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Science teaching, Criminology, Social work and Psychology. Some chose apprenticeships, securing places with the fire service, a nursery and a primary school.
What other subjects compliment this course?
The ‘triple’ qualification is usually taken as the only subject as it is equivalent to 3 A-Levels, however, occasionally a student may choose to do Biology, Psychology or Sociology alongside.
When studying the ‘double’ qualification, students often study Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology or English Language. It greatly depends on their next step after sixth form; clinical, bioscience or forensic degrees/jobs often prefer a science (usually Biology). Some students leave sixth form wanting to go into teaching and therefore their other subject may be influenced by what they wish to teach.
Will studying this subject allow me to go to university?
Most definitely! We have had students leave us to go on to secure places at a range of universities, studying a broad range of courses. From Operating department practice, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Nursing, to Teaching, Childhood Studies, as well as Sociology, Criminology and Social work. Our students have secured places at high-ranking universities such as UEA, Nottingham and Leeds.
Is the point score the same as an A Level course?
BTEC subjects are not graded A-E like A-Levels. Instead we use a Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass system.
For the ‘double’ qualification, this will be two grades e.g. D*D*, DM
For the ‘triple’ qualification, this will be three grades e.g. DDM, D*D*D*
What careers can the subject lead to?
A clinical role such as a Nurse, Midwife, Paramedic, Occupational Therapist or a Physiotherapist to name a few. Teaching either Early years, Primary, Secondary or FE. Social work or work within social care such as a support worker. Public services such as Policing or the Fire Service.
This is just a sample of roles and really, we will be working on a range of transferable skills/employability skills throughout the course that will support you into a range of career pathways.
Will we get to undertake Work Experience as part of the course?
n the ‘triple’ qualification, there is a mandatory Work Experience unit, where pupils are required to undertake 100 hours volunteering/work placement in a related Health and Social Care setting. We have previously offered this unit to our ‘double’ students as we feel it provides opportunities to familiarise with settings and develop skills and attributes. However, due to COVID-19 this unit has had to be adapted as most placements are not available to students currently. In a year not affected by COVID-19, our students have been able to apply for opportunities at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in either nursing or medicine as well as allied health professional experiences, the Children’s hospital usually as a playworker, the Sheffield Society for the Blind volunteering as a support buddy, and many other far-ranging opportunities. We are hoping this will be a unit we can offer to your cohort.
What visits or trips do we get to go on as part of the course?
In the past, we have taken students to taster sessions at Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam Universities, providing students with an opportunity to see the campus, meet student ambassadors and staff who teach on the course, whilst taking part in interactive learning activities.
We have also run a trip to the Thackeray Medical Museum, to support pre-learning for our Promoting Public Health unit.
Additionally, we have taken students on an overnight visit to London, visiting a range of ‘Health’ and ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ exhibitions, as well as enjoying some of the culture that the city has to offer.