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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Health & Social Care BTEC KS5

This is a Level 3 BTEC Course

What will students’ study in Health and Social Care this year?

The work covered in Health and Social care is a combination of coursework and exam-based assessments. We offer the extended certificate, equivalent to one A level and the National Diploma, equivalent to two A levels.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students will take two external examinations in January and May of their first year. Year 13 students follow the same structure, taking three internal assessment and one external examination in their final year of the course.

What do the assessments test?

Extended Certificate: The course is made up of four units, over two years, two of which are external exams, one in year 12 and one in year 13. Students will also complete course work for which you will receive a grade of either Distinction, Merit or Pass level in each assignment. These grades convert into UCAS points for entry into University. The BTEC Health and Social Care is well regarded for entry into university.

Diploma: The course is made up of 8 units, three of which are external exams, two in year 12 and one year 13. You will also complete assignments for which you will receive a grade of either Distinction, Merit or Pass level in each assignment. These grades convert into UCAS points for entry into University. The BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care is well regarded for entry into university.

Students are provided with an assessment brief for internally assessed units.  The internal controlled assessments test the students’ ability to meet each assessment criteria outlined on the assignment brief.

What are the expectations of my child in Health and Social Care?

Students will study specific case studies and be expected to be able to work independently. They will need to familiarise themselves with key terminology related to specific topics. Students will need to be organised, be able to manage their time and be able to meet deadlines. They will develop their skills to be able to read case studies, interpret and extract specific information.

Students will be set regular practice of tasks to develop their written technique and prepare them for their controlled internal assessment.

What should students do if they feel they are struggling in Health and Social Care?

The first course of action is for students to speak with their class teacher to determine why they are struggling. Students should make use of revision materials provided, such as knowledge organisers, key case study materials and revision guides.

How can I best support my child in Health and Social Care?

Parents can support students in Health and Social Care by talking to them about the topics they are studying and what they are learning in class. Students are encouraged to practice exam questions, many would benefit from support at home to develop their independent research skills, focusing on Health and Social Care professions and specific settings.

Whom should I contact for further advice or information?

Please feel free to contact, Mrs Norman bnorman@carshaltongirls.org.uk   if you have any queries about the course.