Hello and welcome to the February 2016 edition of the Health and Social Care update.
I hope you had a good break and are looking forward to the term ahead.
Health and Social Care forums
There will be three Health and Social Care forums for Assessors and Internal Verifiers wanting to deliver diplomas and apprenticeships for Work Based Learning qualifications (not BTECs!). These are taking place across the country. The first is due to take place in Manchester on 11 April from 10.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. Two others will take place later in the year in October and November.
Book your place on a forum
Due to a good number of centres requesting GCSE Health & Social Care support, Kate has found a Q&A document which may help those of you new to the role.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org, with GCSE Support in the title, and I will forward this on to you.
September 2016 NQF resources
We now have new updated resources for the September start new Level 3 qualifications in Health & Social Care. Delivery guidance, Sample assessments and Authorised Assignment briefs have now been uploaded, more of these are due to be added soon.
Download updated resources for Health & Social Care
The 2018, 16-19 performance tables for qualifications in the technical certificate category have been released - please see below those Pearson qualifications in Health & Social Care which have been added.
Qualifications that will be included in the technical award category in the 2018 key stage 4 performance tables
- 600/4782/3 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care
- 500/5458/2 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care (QCF)
- 601/0720/0 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Exploring the Caring Sectors (QCF)
Qualifications that will be included in the technical certificate category in the 2018 16-19 performance tables
- 501/1699/X Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social care (Adults) for England (QCF)
As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, please do let me know at: email@example.com.
For general entry requirement guidance please follow this link.
More detailed entry requirement information will be available in due course.
What will I study?
This qualification is suitable if you are working or will be working under supervision. It will either qualify you to work with adults or will complement a wider programme of training, such as an apprenticeship. At Level 2 you should be able to use your knowledge, skills and ideas to complete clear tasks and tackle straightforward problems. This includes taking responsibility for completing tasks under guidance, whilst showing you can also think independently. This qualification is suitable if you are aged 16 or above who wish to progress into further education or the workplace.
The programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic aspects of Health and Social Care and the factors affecting an individual's health and well-being as well as preparing you to either progress into employment or an apprenticeship or to follow higher studies in Health and Social Care.
On completion of your studies you will have achieved the following:
- An Award in the Prevention & Control of Infection
- A Certificate in Health & Social Care
You will study a range of key areas of knowledge applicable to working in the sector. These include:
- Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
- The role of the health and social care worker
- Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
- Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
- Handle information in health and social care settings
Plus a section of some optional units which are matched to the needs of the job market.
Also included are visits, guest speakers, career preparation events and experience of work.
How will I be assessed?
All units in this qualification are internally graded A* - D. Each candidate is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):
- Assessor observation
- Witness testimony
- Record of professional discussion
- Record of oral and written questioning
- Candidate and peer reports
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
What could it lead to?
On completion you could progress into further studies at Level 3 or onto an apprenticeship. This qualification does not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a range of job roles in the Health and Social Care sector, including:
- Care support workers in adult residential settings
- Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
- Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
- Community-based support workers.
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