The Health & Social Sciences Academy is for school leavers who want to continue their education through applied learning. It prepares you for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to the Health and Social Care sectors. The Academy qualifications you will achieve are the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (RQF) and the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Psychology, which is equivalent to half an A Level.
You’ll need five GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, including Maths, English and Science.
You will complete the following Health and Social Care units:
• Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
• Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
• Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives
You will also complete two mandatory Applied Psychology units:
• Unit 1 Psychological Approaches and Applications
• Unit 2 Conducting Psychological Research (externally assessed)
You will have the opportunity to develop your employability skills including:
• cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
• intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
• interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
Assessment will comprise of external and internal assessments. Examinations are available twice a year with two opportunities to re-sit. You will complete written course work/projects of your own choice, and use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations. You will demonstrate your practical and technical skills using appropriate processes.
If you complete this qualification in a year, you may progress to further learning at Level 3, for example the BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Psychology. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant courses, if taken as part of a programme of learning alongside other Level 3 qualifications.
There are a wide range of career opportunities available to you, including:
• Career Counsellor
• Clinical Psychologist
• Developmental Psychologist
• Social Work
• Adult Nursing
• Educational Counsellor
• Educational Psychologist