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About the course

Foundation in Health, Science & Care Industries is a BTEC study program that allows students to develop and prepare for their future specialist sector.

There are different pathways within this study program and students can choose either:

  • Child, Health and Social care
  • Animal Care and Science
  • Sports and Public Services

 

How does it work?

All students will:

Complete practical taster sessions in their chosen pathway and complete specialist units with specialist staff.

 

  • Attend English and Maths lessons to improve their grades for further progression.
  • Participate in health and well-being sessions tailored to the industry pathway and student needs
  • Go on a variety of trips and visits to various fun and exciting locations
  • Have opportunities to meet with guest speakers and employers from their chosen industry.
  • Work on live projects based on the chosen industry pathway
  • Increase their self-confidence and team working skills on this study program

 

All of these exciting things run parallel to the curriculum delivery and provide great opportunities for assessment.

This study program will allow students to gain the necessary foundation knowledge and study skills required for the next step in their chosen industry. 

Entry requirements

4 x GCSE Grades 1/2 OR progression from another course within college.
All students will be interviewed before they start the course and must demonstrate a ready to learn attitude and enthusiasm to participate in the various industries and lessons.

Qualifications

This course will give you a BTEC level 1 introductory in Vocational Studies

This study program will allow students to gain the necessary foundation knowledge and study skills required for the next step in their chosen industry. 

What you'll learn (core modules)

The aim is to give you a good basic understanding of your chosen specialist industry. You will learn  the values, skills and knowledge that are essential for work in your chosen industry.

Units include:

  • Being organised

  • Personal Progression planning

  • Working with others

  • Researching a topic

  • Creating a mood board

  • Running an event

  • contributing to your community

  • Communicating with customers

  • Confidence building

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Developing self-awareness
  • Employability skills in the care sector.

In addition, any students aged 16 to 19 who does not have a GCSE 4 or above in Maths and English will need to continue studying these subjects alongside their course.

 

Benefits, skills and character strengths

This course allows you the opportunity to:

  • work within various specialist sectors
  • get used to college life
  • build your confidence
  • enjoy the learning experience
  • write assignments and get grades of Pass, Merit and Distinction
  • have fun in a safe environment
  • participate in new and exciting experiences
  • work to improve your Maths and English grades so you can go to higher courses next academic year
  • participate in community and team work events with your class
  • make new friends

How will I be assessed?

The Assessment methods will vary, there will be some written work, some practical work and assessment opportunities within trips and visits. Please note that there are NO formal exams on the course with the exception of Maths and English.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College.

You will be going on regular trips and visits arranged by the college staff

Where will the course take me?

After this course you can progress to a:

  • Level One technical course or a level Two qualification (the course level depends on your Maths and English Grades) or an apprenticeship/internship

You may choose which specialist area you would like to study in such as Health, Care, Sciences, Childcare, Animal Studies, Sport or Public Services.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need to have their own college stationery for classes - notepad, paper, pens, a folder etc.

How much will it cost?

Please contact student welfare to see if you are eligible for a bursary.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Come along to one of the college open events as it is a great opportunity to meet the course tutors, ask more questions about the course and meet current students.

If you would like to apply, this can be done via the college website.

The name of the course is Foundation in Health, Science & Care Industries.

Days & times

Starting September 2020


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