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Aims of the course:

Work experience is integral to the course and gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice whilst allowing students to also develop the skills necessary for a future career within the Health or Social Care sector. As the only local college which has been directly partnered with all local NHS providers and higher education institutions since 2015 through the Medical, Health and Social Care Academy, choosing this T level allows students to access a wide range of support and experience through these partnerships. Students will develop independent research skills and are encouraged to reflect on their attributes and own professional development throughout the course.

What are lessons like?

Students receive engaging input lessons that involve discussion, group work and presentations. An industry-based project is then required, allowing students to develop excellent organisational and independent research skills. This applies theories reviewed in class into practical applications. Lessons also include taught content to support external assessments. Two core exams will develop the overall A level equivalent grade, Core Exam A in year 12, and Core Exam B in year 13. Students will also complete synoptic assignments (coursework) throughout the two years.

Compulsory Units Studied

Students will select one pathway to complete this T Level qualification at the time of enrolment. Numbers are limited in each area.

• option A: Supporting the Adult Nursing Team
• option B: Supporting the Midwifery Team
• option C: Supporting the Mental Health Team
• option D: Supporting the Care of Children and Young People
• option E: Supporting the Therapy Team

Work experience placements

The course includes a compulsory placement requiring 315 hours or approximately 45 days of work experience over the two years, for which a full DBS check will be carried out in advance of starting the course. In addition, some placement providers may require proof of COVID vaccination status and successful review of health guidelines to support these placement opportunities and safeguard students accordingly. This will give you the opportunity to put theory into practice and enable you to bring together learning from other units of study.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed over two years, in a variety of ways including two externally assessed exams and industry-based projects to put theory into practice.

Each component will be assessed from a grade A* to U. Students must achieve the minimum pass grades in each area to be successful during this T level.

Students will also complete synoptic assignments (coursework) throughout the two years. This includes a case study assessment, two practical assessments and a professional discussion.

These assignments are assessed using a pass, merit, and distinction grading. Students must achieve the minimum pass grades in each area to be successful during this T level.

Where can this course lead to?

This course enables students to progress onto university or to start an apprenticeship or career in Health and Social Care.

This can support students progressing directly into employment or degrees in nursing, midwifery, social work, therapies or alternatively education studies, psychology, primary teaching, early childhood studies and occupational health – to name just a few!

Why choose to study Health & Social Care at St Mary’s?

Health and Social Care is a vibrant and expanding subject at St Mary’s College. Our ground breaking partnership with the former Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Hull & East Riding has produced the country’s first Medical, Health and Social Care 6th Form Academy here at St Mary’s. Benefitted from this partnership’s vast experience since 2015, this enables us to provide the highest quality work placements and enrichment activities delivered by expert practitioners in their fields. You will receive both pastoral and professional mentoring that will help us tailor placements to meet your needs and career preferences. Our aim is to support the NHS ambition to recruit and retain the brightest and best medical, health and social care talent in this area and to grow a local NHS workforce for the future.