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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • Extended Certificate

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    The course contains three mandatary units:

    Unit 1, Human Lifespan Development -

    • Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing

    Unit 2, Working in Health and Social Care -

    •  Learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations

    Unit 5, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs -

    • Learners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines

    It also has optional units, including:

    • Sociological Perspectives
    • Psychological Perspectives
    • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
    • Physiological Disorders

    ASSESSMENT

    There are three main forms of assessment for this qualification:

    1. External-
    2. Internal-
    3. Synoptic-

    The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Health & Social Care suite are:

    • Examinations
      • All learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.
    • Set Tasks
      • Learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

    The styles of internal assessment used include: writing up the findings of their own research, using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carrying out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes and demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate tools/processes etc.

    Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, as appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the while sector. Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed.

    WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

    This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. It carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to the entry requirements for a wide range of degree programmes in the health and social care sector. It can for example be taken alongside A Levels for those wishing to complete degrees in Nursing, Primary education, Social work and Sports studies and development.