Do you want to leave sixth form with the skills and competences to work in the Health and Social Care sector? The Health and Social Care sector is one of the largest employers in Europe. The course we offer in 6th form is a passport that enables you to develop the skills and the qualifications to work in a highly rewarding career. It also opens the door to a place in university, if that is your chosen pathway.

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What will I learn?

This is a 2 year course and you can choose to complete either an Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A-Level) or a diploma (equivalent to 2 A-Levels). The course will consist of core units and a wide range of additional units that can be tailored to your chosen career or higher educational pathway.

It is Work-related learning, giving you an edge and opening the door to higher education or employment in the healthcare or social care sectors.

You will learn about the different theories that are linked to health and social care. You will also get opportunities to develop your communication skills, learning about the importance of these within the health and social care sector.

You will get to hone your research skills, an important life skill for independent learning.

Personal skills are vital when working within this sector and you will learn the different characteristics required when working in care. Empathy, compassion are part of everyday working within this industry, alongside other attributes that come hand in hand with these qualities.

All individuals have different needs, that need to be met, you will study these needs and discuss barriers that effect different individuals.

How is it assessed?

Extended Certificate 360 GLH

4 units

2 per school year

2 external examinations

2 course work / internal assessments

Diploma 720 GLH

8 units

4 per school year

3 examinations

5 course work / internal assessments

Internal assessments:

You will be assessed through the completion of assignments which will make up a portfolio of evidence for each unit you study. Each assignment will be comprised of a range of taught and research based activities. The combined grade from each unit will determine the final qualification grade for the course.

Next steps

According to a WHO report, by 2035 figure of healthcare workers is expected to surpass 12.9 Million. Presently, the UK healthcare industry employs over 2.2 million specialists, making the health sector a great place for learners to progress quickly in an ever growing employment sector. It’s one of the fastest-growing industries with more job opportunities and higher earning potential for its recruits.

Studying BTEC Health and Social Care at North Liverpool Academy would qualify you for a wide range of university courses and roles within the sector. For example, you could be involved with the delivery of care at nursing homes, local hospitals and other health and social care organizations.

The Academy is located at the heart of an area that is world renowned for its Health and Social care Sector. Alder Hey is on our doorstep, as is Broadgreen hospital, a specialist in cardiology. We also have the Women’s hospital in Toxteth and the world renown tropical school of Medicine in Liverpool Town centre. If that isn’t enough, we also have Walton neurological centre up the road, which boasts some of the best neurological care I the country, as well as attracting some of the best health and social care workers in the world. We work closely with local health establishments to enrich your learning through on-site visits and work experience that is tailored for your future aspirations.

More than 95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept the BTEC Level 3 qualification. Past pupils who have studied BTEC Health and Social Care have gone on to study degree programmes in Midwifery, Nursing, Teaching, Social work, Dental nursing and the list goes on …