WHAT IS ADVANCED VCE?
Advanced VCE stands for Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education - a new qualification that offers students over 16 a real alternative to A levels and GCSEs.
VCE's help you to develop a range of skills and knowledge that you can use in the future - whether you want to start work, or go on to do another course. Each GNVQ is related to an area of the world of work, such as business or health and care services.
YOU CAN TAKE GNVQs AT THREE LEVELS:
WHAT IS ADVANCED VCE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?
Advanced VCE in Health & Social Care will help you to develop your understanding of health and care, and will introduce you to develop some of the skills and knowledge you need to work in the health and social care services.
WHAT WILL I DO FOR MY VCE?
During your course you will look at what affects people's health and well being, and how the health and care services meet their needs. You will learn practical skills, like how to provide emotional support, and what to do if there is a health emergency. And as well as practicals in class, you will probably talk to and visit people working in the health and care services to find out more about their work.
VCEs give you the chance to try out all sorts of activities. You will carry out short projects and longer assignments; work on your own and as part of a team; and will probably spend time in the workplace. You will have more control over your own work than ever before - VCEs provide opportunities for you to decide what you do, and how you go about doing it.
WILL I JUST TAKE THE GNVQ COURSE?
It is up to you and your teachers to decide but remember that taking an Advanced VCE is like doing the equivalent of 2 Vocational "A" Levels. If you want to go on to Higher Education you may well be advised to take 1 or 2 A Level or AS Level alongside. Or, you can take extra Health and Social Care Units, or Units from other VCEs or NVQs.
UNIT Title Type of Assessment 1 Equal opportunities and clients' rights External 2 Communication in health and social care Portfolio 3 Physical aspects of health Portfolio 4 Factors affecting human growth and development External 5 Health, social care and early years services Portfolio 6 Research perspectives in health and social care Portfolio 7 Educating for health and well-being Portfolio 8 International health provision Portfolio 9 Child development Portfolio 10 Health and social care provision for disabled people External 11 Health and social care provision for older people Portfolio 12 Early years provision Portfolio 13 Social policy in health and social care Portfolio 14 The family and social trends External 15 Creative activities in care settings Portfolio 16 Anatomy and physiology External 17 The role of exercise in maintaining health and well being Portfolio 18 Biochemical techniques in health and social care Portfolio 19 Behavioural psychology Portfolio 20 Mental health awareness Portfolio 21 Public health Portfolio 22 Dietetics and nutrition for health and social care External 23 Medical physics for health and social care Portfolio 24 Complementary therapies Portfolio 25 Health and social care management Portfolio
Advanced Subsidiary Vocational Certificate of Education
Candidates for the Advanced Subsidiary Vocational Certificate of Education will study three units, all of which are mandatory and one of which is externally assessed.
UNIT Title Type of Assessment 1 Equal opportunities and clients' rights External 2 Communication in health and social care Portfolio 5 Health, social care and early years services Portfolio
Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
Candidates for the Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education will study six units chosen according to the following rules:
Block A Block B Block C Unit 1: Equal opportunities and client's rights* Unit 3: Physical aspects of health Two optional units chosen from Units 6 to 25 Unit 2: Communication in health and social care Unit 5: Health, social care and early years services Unit 4: Factors affecting human growth and development* Candidates take all Candidates take one Candidates take two
Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (Double Award)
Candidates for the Advanced Certificate of Education (Double Award) will study twelve units, six of which are mandatory and six optional. Two of the mandatory units are externally assessed and QCA regulations require at least two of the optional units to be externally assessed.
Block A Block B Unit 1: Equal opportunities and clients' rights* Six optional units chosen from Units 7 to 25.At least two units must be externally assessed. Unit 2: Communication in health and social care Unit 3: Physical aspects of health Unit 4: Factors affecting human growth and development* Unit 5: Health, social care and early years service Candidates take all Candidates take six
There are two assessment sessions each year, in January and June. Each unit will be available for assessment in both sessions.
Unit Title Type of Assessment Length 1 Equal opportunities and clients' rights Written paper 2 hours 4 Factors affecting human growth and development Written paper 2 hours 10 Health and social care provision for disabled people Written paper 2 hours 14 The family and social trends Written paper 2 hours 16 Anatomy and physiology Written paper 2 hours 22 Dietetics and nutrition for health and social care Written paper 2 hours KEY SKILLS
VCE and key skills qualifications will be separately certificated. The Advanced VCE enables the achievement of the following key skills that are sign-posted within the VCE units:
In addition, you will need to show evidence that you are able to work with others, can solve problems and can improve your own learning and performance.
Key skills are valued by employers and Universities, and will stand you in good stead when you leave school or college.
HOW IS VCE ASSESSED?
Final assessment is through a combination of internal and external assessment. Four of the twelve units covered are externally assessed through Tests, Set Assignments, Project or Case Study Work. The remaining nine units will be assessed by your teachers as they are completed. Together they will form a 'Portfolio of evidence'. To ensure that our assessment is in line with other centres, there will be a final moderation of your Portfolio.
Each unit will be awarded a grade, worth a given number of points, which are then added together to give a grade for the course as a whole. The grades are the same as those used for A Levels (A to E).
An Advanced VCE in Health & Social Care provides a good grounding for you to go on to take another course, or to start work. You might decide to:
Whatever you decide to do next, Advanced VCE in Health & Social Care keeps your options open.