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Health & Social Care

Health and Social care is an ideal subject for those considering working within the care sector.

Within Health and Social care students are taught to understand how to communicate with, and care for service users, ranging from children to the elderly. 

A BTEC in Health and Social Care offers the opportunity of progressing onto AS/A-Level Health and Social Care, as well as Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care or Child Care. Alternatively the subject might offer employment in nursery nursing, social work, care assistant work and working with children.

KS4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

We follow the BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care.

Students will study three components:

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development

This unit is an internally assessed Controlled Assessment, which is worth 30% of the final grade.

Students will:

  • Explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • Investigate how various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development 
  • Discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making changes

Component 2 - Health and Social Care Services and Values

This unit is an internally assessed Controlled Assessment, which is worth 30% of the final grade.

Students will:

  • Learn which health and social care services are available  
  • Identify why people might need to use these services  
  • Discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • Explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • Look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing

This unit is externally assessed with an exam, worth 40% of the final grade.

Students will bring together knowledge from the whole course, as well as:

  • Learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people
  • Explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing
  • Identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • Assess an individual’s health using what they’ve learned
  • Create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • Reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.

Exam Board

For more information on the subject and to review the GCSE specification from the exam board please click here