Health and Social Care

Meet the Staff

  • Mr P. Smith
  • Mr M. Wildman
  • Mrs J. Sims
  • Mrs A. Rehman

This challenging and interesting course is new to the sixth form here at Gateacre. The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge essential for a career working with people within the care sector. You will learn how to provide the best possible service to people of all ages and with widely differing needs. Health and social care is a vast service sector undergoing rapid change, with new government initiatives giving it a higher profile than ever.

Priorities on the healthcare agenda include being more responsive to patient needs, and preventing illness by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The focus in frontline health and social care is on giving service-users more independence, choice and control. These developments mean there’s greater demand for well-trained and multi-skilled people across a range of rewarding employment opportunities.

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 A-level and allows entry to higher education across the large number of health and social care related degrees. This course is assessed through coursework. Each unit is internally assessed and moderated. Some of the coursework will be externally moderated. There are no exams.

Students of Health and Social Care have the opportunity to continue their studies at university in fields such as radiography, dietician, nursing, social work, teaching or psychology. The skills and knowledge gained from the course enables students to enter the world of social work, counselling, occupational therapy, midwifery, complementary therapies and radiography.