What does the qualification cover?
The Award gives students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:
Skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing.
Attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them.
Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.
This qualification builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you are learning in your GCSEs, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.
What can the qualification lead to?
Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that a learner can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects.
Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Health and Social Care, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in aspects of health or social care.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3.