Health and Social care and Early years Education
In Health and social care and early years education we aim to enable students to achieve at every level and to achieve their individual potential, we work with young people enabling them to make their next steps by ensuring they have all the qualifications they need to become practitioners and work in the sector (Level 2 and 3 early years practitioners, and level 2 NVQ students) or make the next steps to University
Health and Social care is taught as an option at Key stage 4 and 5, initially in year 10 students can begin a 2 year course at level 2 (Gcse equivalent).It will provide an opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives an introduction to the sector and enables learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of health and social care. Level 2 NVQ health and social care and Early years are options to study in Post 16 along with Level 3 courses in Health and social care (extended diploma) and Early years education.
Year10 and 11
The qualification provides an introduction to working in health and social care.
There are 3 mandatory units:
1: Introduction to the health and social care sector
- health and social care provision
- job roles of health and social care practitioners
- how health and social care services are accessed
- specific care needs and services accessed by individuals throughout the life stages
- informal care
- regulation and inspection in health and social care provision
2: Professional practice and the health and social care practitioner
- the responsibilities of health and social care practitioners
- health and social care values underpinning practice
- partnership working in health and social care
- different career pathways in the health and social care sector
3: Human growth and development through the life stages
- development from conception to birth
- development across the life span
- influences on human development
- transitions and significant life events
- the role of care planning in meeting the needs of individuals and promoting well-being
To gain this qualification, you will need to achieve a minimum of a pass grade in each of the 3 coursework tasks and the external exam.
Post 16; Level 3
Level 3 Health and social care Certificate (1 A level) Extended diploma (3 A levels)
You can study a certificate over 1 or 2 years and an extended diploma over 2 years.
The Extended Diploma has been designed to support progression to a range of job roles within the health and social care sector. The high level of knowledge and skills required to achieve this qualification enables you to progress to Higher Education within health and social care or a related field of study, as well as further learning at University and beyond.
This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to the health and social care sector, and supports progression into Higher Education and the workplace. You will need to complete 14 mandatory units and four optional units to achieve this qualification, some of the mandatory units are:
Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
Human growth and development
safeguarding in health and social care
Communication in health and social care
Infection prevention and control in health and social care
Psychological perspectives in health and social care
Sociological perspectives in health and social care
working in health and social care
There is a wide range of optional units, allowing you to pursue an interest in the specific areas of Social Care, the link below takes you to the specific key facts about the qualification.
This course can provide the necessary UCAS points to enable you to progress to University to study numerous related topics such as Midwifery and Nursing, or move into many other areas of study such as Primary or Special needs teaching.
Read what Sam Ferreday and her Father Kevin have to say about the course and where it has taken her. Sam is currently a student Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Level 3 Early Years
This qualification has been designed for learners who want to work in early years childcare and education as an Early Years Educator. The high level of skills required to achieve this qualification also enables learners to progress to Higher Education within early years childcare and education or a different field of study. UCAS Tariff points have been awarded to this qualification.
What does this qualification cover?
This Diploma is comprised of 14 mandatory units which cover the following key subject areas:
- child development from conception to 7 years
- children’s health and well-being
- providing safe environments for children
- child health
- play and learning
- children’s additional needs
- observation, assessment and planning
- emergent literacy
- emergent mathematics
- preparing for school readiness
- international perspectives on childcare and education
- reflective practice for professional development
- professional partnerships in early years
- Competence-based Professional Practice Portfolio covering the above areas.
Post 16 level 2:
We offer 2 options at Queen Katharine academy, a technical certificate in working with Children in early years and primary settings, and an NVQ in Health and Social care, both of these courses allow progression to A levels or moving straight into the workforce.