Course Title BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (Health & Social Care)
Level: 1
Code Y896

Overview of the Course

This course is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on you showing what you can do rather than what you know in theory. This qualification will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge on how to care for and communicate with people of all ages within a variety of health and social care settings. You will complete a series of tasks and demonstrate skills and knowledge that enables you to progress to further learning. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable employ

What are the career opportunities?

  • Nursing
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Support Work
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Criminology/Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Playworker
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Probation Work

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade 9-2 (A*-E) including English Language

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course lasts ofr a duration of one year and starts in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed through coursework assignments. Mandatory units include:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

Optional units may include:

  • Contributing to running an event for Health and Social Care
  • Communicating with People in Health and Social Care
  • Making healthy snacks when caring for people
  • Measuring older adults’ fitness levels
  • Contributing to caring for others in your community
  • Keeping yourself active and healthy Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and your overall grade will have two grades in the range of PP to DD.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a Health and Social Care career you will need to be able to get on with people from all walks of life and be able to work independently as well as in a team. People accessing care are vulnerable and so empathy is a key aspect of this industry. You may have to solve problems and understand instructions in order to get things done on time and make decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important and you will need good written skills when completing documentation about the people in your care. When communicating with members of the public you will need to be able to listen and identify their needs, as well as respond to questions in an open and friendly manner. Mathematics skills are essential in Health and Social Care as you will need to be able to calculate variety of measurements used to assess the health of individuals. You will also need to interpret patient’s charts and figure out ratios needed for supervision of younger service users on trips or whilst completing activities.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Health and Social Care students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

• Adult Care settings

• Primary Schools

• Day Nurseries

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your vocational Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sports and fitness activities, course related study visits and guest speakers, careers events and trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You may be asked to make a contribution to any trips and visits throughout the course.


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