Health & Social Care
At Lutterworth College, BTEC Health and Social Care offers students the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics that supports the skills and qualities needed for a multitude of future professions. The BTEC Level 2 and 3 courses allow students to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work in the Health and Social Care Sector industry and provide the best possible support and care for people under their supervision, whether this be a midwife, nurse, paramedic, speech and language therapist, social worker, childcare, working with the elderly and supporting people with disabilities to name but a few.
For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. Studying Health and Social Care teaches our students about providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives. In this subject students will be academically challenged through the broadness of the curriculum and the wide range of real life scenarios that they will face which prepares students for their life beyond school.
Our courses offer a clear assessment and intervention programme where our students are encouraged to independently strive to achieve their full potential. Not only does our course in Health and Social Care make our students academically equipped through developing literacy but also focuses on their wellbeing through preparing them emotionally and psychologically by building their confidence, self-esteem and beliefs in their own abilities. We work alongside our Church of England CHRIST values to enrich how our students' experience, preparing them for a life outside of education. Students are able to demonstrate these values at various points in the curriculum in the following ways:
- Being Courageous by understanding how to build resilience and empathy skills by analysing real life situations.
- Being Hardworking by being challenged academically doing coursework and examinations and working independently
- Being Reflective on how topics we cover relate to our own and others lives
- Being Inspirational in your expression of your ideas, beliefs and through the presentation of your work
- Being Supportive to each other sharing thoughts and feelings as we learn about the importance of supporting others who are vulnerable
- Being Tenacious to achieve your full potential
Key Stage 4
During Key Stage 4, students at Lutterworth College follow the Pearson Edexdcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award specification. By following this specification learners develop the understanding of many important issues faced within today’s health and social care system. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills that are the foundations necessary for further study and facilitates work in Health and Social sector professions.
Students will gain knowledge and understanding about how humans grow and develop throughout life and the many different factors; such as physical, social and economic factors that can effect this growth and development. They will acquire knowledge on the services that are available from health and social care providers; both the public and private sector, and the types of care in the UK. How these services meet the needs of service users through applying care values, overcoming barriers and anti-discriminatory practice. Students will develop key skills such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health and how to design and plan to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing and any difficulties they may face when trying to make changes. During studying this subject students will develop the skills and aptitude to apply their knowledge in realistic scenarios and convey what underpins effective ways of working in health and social care.
Key Stage 5
During Key Stage 5, students at Lutterworth College follow the Pearson Edexdcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate specification. By following this specification learners develop valuable skills which are transferable across a whole range of settings and professions. It is a robust and broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. It is equivalent in size to one A Level. We provide opportunities for our learners to extend their life-long learning and be confident and competent citizens as they reflect and continue to question the world around them.Students will study how humans develop; physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially across all life stages and the factors that impact this development. They will develop comprehensive understanding of psychological theories and evaluate how and why these theories relate to human development. Students will study a variety of case studies that will extend their knowledge and understanding on how to meet individuals’ needs in care settings and how in these settings to follow legislations, policy and codes of practice when doing this. In studying Health and Social Care students will learn about how health and social care fits into social, policy, legal and organisational environments in the UK. This course also helps to develop wider skills such as cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills: such as the ability to work co-operatively, collaboratively whilst using effective communication skills and interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. Students will also establish progress in research, analytical and evaluative skills. Much of the course will allow students to explore current issues such as discrimination and inequality and how practice can contest their effects. Health and Social Care as a subject is not just about this industry, it also benefits students on a diverse level by developing key transferable skills to help enhance employability prospects.