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Health and Social Care

BTEC

There’s more to public health than PPE.

The healthcare sector is evolving at an astonishing pace.

Developments in medicine. An ageing population. And technology playing an ever more important part in the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering chronic and acute conditions.

This course is your important first step towards becoming a health professional working in this exciting, fast-paced sector. There’s no more rewarding a career. You’ll be working directly with those in receipt of care, helping them to live independently.

While studying towards your BTEC Health and Social Care qualification you’ll gain a thorough understanding of how to work, safely, with everyone – from sector professionals to those relying on your expertise to survive.

The knowledge you’ll gain on this course will be assessed through both coursework and exams.

You’ll study:

  • Building positive relationships in health and social care (assessed by coursework).
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (assessed by exam). 
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care (exam). 
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (exam). 
  • Infection control (coursework). 
  • Public health (coursework).

To make full use of what you’ve learned, it’s important that you go on a work placement. If you can’t secure your own placement, our experts will help you find one.

This course is heavy in both practical experience and learning the theory you need to flourish in your future role as a health practitioner.

This course does not just focus on the signs and symptoms of illnesses but their social, financial and psychological impacts on people living with those conditions.

You’ll also gain an extensive understanding of legislation and guidance so you can not only advise patients on care and support but also protect yourself from any harm at work.

On completion of this course you’ll be ready to offer person-centred care and build positive relationships across teams and with your patients.

LESSON TIME!

As health professionals our job is to make sure we don’t put patients or ourselves at risk.

Infection control is part of our training.

During this session you’ll learn the basics of hand hygiene – and why it’s the single most important thing anyone can do to prevent the spread of infection.

The most common way to transmit germs is via unwashed hands.

You’ll learn about the development of infections such as the flu or food poisoning through bugs on our skin, back of our nose, throat, and in our digestive tract.

By the end of this session you’ll know all about infectious agents – microorganisms with the potential to cause harm) and where they live, known as a reservoir. We’ll review the portal of exit – how these germs move from home to host, and their mode of transmission.

We’ll then look at the portal of entry – how bad bacteria gets into your body. And we’ll discuss the susceptible host, the final link in the chain of infection.

Preventing infection is an essential part of life for a health and social care professional. It all starts with effective hand hygiene.

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You’ll be ready to consider roles across various care settings, including hospitals and residential homes.

Your job may include working in health promotion, social policy, administration, research, support agencies, housing, or the uniformed services.

Or there are plenty of opportunities to gain skills, experience and friends to last a lifetime through overseas voluntary work, working with non-governmental agencies such as Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).

Many Xaverian students choose degrees in nursing, midwifery, teaching and social work or allied professions.

Or you might consider a totally unrelated degree – such as Performing Arts.

To give you the best possible chance of success, Oxford Cambridge and RSA – the awarding body for this Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care qualification worked closely with higher education and sector partners to devise a curriculum ideally matched to higher education and employer needs.

Partners include:

  • Birmingham City University 
  • Coventry University 
  • London South Bank University 
  • University of Central Lancashire 
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Lincoln 
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Association of British Healthcare Institutes
  • (ABHI)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Care UK
  • Nuffield
  • Skills for Care
I would honestly say my greatest memory is just meeting my teachers because I honestly love my teachers, they’re always there for me and so helpful and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Mercy Olajide, applying to study Law at the University of Birmingham.

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