Health Studies - BTEC National DiplomaCourse ID:
Health, Social Care & Early YearsIntroduction:
This course is equivalent to three A Levels and will provide progression to higher education for careers such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Physiotherapy or to employment as a health care assistant/care worker.Study Mode & Location:
This is a two year course. It will be held at Preston College, Fulwood Campus, St Vincent`s Road, Preston, PR2 8UR.Course Content:
This course contains 18 units, which comprise core and specialised units, these include:
- Equality & Diversity of Rights.
- Communication & Supportive Skills.
- Health Psychology.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology.
- Applied Science.
- Lifespan Development.
- Public Health.
You will also have the opportunity to further enhance your studies by undertaking enrichment activities such as: educational visits, team building activities and attending talks given by guest speakers. Additionally, you may enrol for courses in First Aid or Basic Food Hygiene.
As part of the programme you will participate in 400 hours mandatory work-based experience in settings such as nursing homes, day care centres and nurseries.
The 3 core key skills of communication, application of number and information technology will also be completed at an appropriate level.Assessment:
Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Each unit is individually assessed by assignments. Sometimes you may be expected to complete assignments, which will assess elements from two or more units of study. Assessments may be projects, essays, presentations or practical activities. Work will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.Careers & Progression Opportunities:
Successful completion of this course will enable progression into higher education to study nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedics, occupational therapy and other professions allied to medicine.Additional Costs:
You will need to purchase a placement uniform consisting of sweatshirt and T-shirt (approximate cost = £25).How To Apply
To apply for a course at Preston College you will need to complete and return a College application form. Application Forms are available in our school leaver prospectuses or we can send one out to you.Work Out Your Point Score
You will need to let us know on your application form your predicted exam grades and your point score. To work out your point score, you must use the grades that you get for GCSE Maths and English Language, and then your next best 5 grades. At Preston College, the level of course you start on will depend upon your point score. Your grades are worth the following points:GCSE Grades
- A* = 8 points
- A = 7 points
- B = 6 points
- C = 5 points
- D = 4 points
- E = 3 points
- F = 2 points
- G = 1 point
(GCSE short courses are worth half the score of a full GCSE. Applied GCSEs are equivalent to two single GCSEs, eg an Applied GCSE at Grade C is worth 10 GCSE points).GNVQ Foundation Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
GNVQ Intermediate Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
- Distinction = 8 points
- Merit = 6 points
- Pass = 4 points
Full GNVQ Intermediate (Equivalent to four GCSEs)
- Distinction = 14 points
- Merit = 12 points
- Pass = 10 points
- Distinction = 28 points
- Merit = 24 points
- Pass = 20 points
NVQ Level 1 = 8 points. (NVQ Level 1 courses are equivalent to two GCSEs at Grade D and guarantee progression to NVQ Level 2 courses in the same subject area).Certificates of Achievement
Up to 22 points will be awarded to students with Certificates of Achievement, for example AQA units, Compact 2000 and NPRA units. The Schools` Recruitment Team will inform you if you qualify.