The Course is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels. Students need to complete 8 compulsory unit, indicated below in italic and a for 5 optional units, the optional units selected will be decided in consultation with the class teacher.
Human Lifespan Development
Working in Health and Social Care
Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Work Experience in Health and Social Care
Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
Promoting Public Health
Infection Prevention and Control
Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
Physiological Disorders and their Care
Policy in Health and Social Care
Caring for Individuals with Dementia
Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
Understanding Mental Wellbeing
Biochemistry for Health
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is mainly assessed through coursework, which is internally marked and verified by the BTEC assessment team. Progress is measured throughout the course to allow you to gauge and measure your own progress continuously with the support of your tutors. You will also complete 4 exams.
Each coursework based unit usually has a written assignment in the form of a written project, although assessment can also take the form of an individual presentation, observation in the workplace or simulation in the learning environment. You will also be required to maintain a work placement log book detailing their personal experiences and development.
Each unit has specific assessment criteria at pass, merit and distinction levels. The evidence needed to achieve each level will be specified in the assignment brief written by your tutor.
Four of the Units are externally assessed (Human Lifespan Development
; Working in Health and Social Care; Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care)
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Health and Social Care suite are:
- examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a
- set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate
understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Minimum entry requirements are 5 Grade 9-4 GCSEs with an average GCSE grade of 5 including, Maths (grade 5) and English (grade 4).
Students graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will be exceptionally well prepared to progress into higher education, work or an apprenticeship, ready to build careers that contribute to the Cambridge success story.
Graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will give you a head start when it comes to choosing a university. Employers are seeking specialist science staff in all areas, and a degree will help take your career to the next level.
Our employer partners are highly supportive of apprenticeships, and offer opportunities to our students. Apprentices are paid while they train, attending college one day a week and learning hands-on in the workplace as they gain valuable qualifications. They also offer an alternative route to higher education.
The Cambridge area is full of highly successful employers ready to take on new staff who leave Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology with an impressive range of specialist qualifications – ready to go straight into the workplace and develop their careers.
More specifically, BTEC Health and Social Care is equivalent in subject content and difficulty to completing 3 A level courses and can open doors to a number of career options in the healthcare sector, for example nursing, health care assistant, paramedic amd social work. For more details about careers in the NHS please check https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles.