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Health and Social Care

Head of Department: Ms A Marquess

A BTEC in Health and Social Care is a vocational course which is offered at Key Stage 4 only. It involves a vast variety of topics which include elements of psychology, sociology, biology, law, ethics and nutrition. This is applied to real-life settings such as early years education.

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BTEC Health and Social Care

What is Health and Social Care?

Health and Social Care includes many aspects relating to the caring professions – childcare, nursing and eldercare.   You will learn about the stages of life through which we all pass – from infancy to late adulthood, and about the factors that affect these stages – from emotional and physical factors to social factors such as friendships. You will also look at the values of Health and Social Care such as preserving the dignity of the people in your care, respecting privacy, and professional manners of communication.

What skills will I develop?

You will learn the skills necessary to work in the care sector; you will be able to recognise the social/emotional/economic factors affecting people in your care and to make suitable arrangements for adjusting their care.

You will understand how to communicate with those in your care, and other people you work with, in a professional way.

You will develop an understanding of health and wellbeing.

What syllabus will I follow?

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

What will the course look like?

There are three mandatory units on this course:

  1. Human Lifespan Development
  2. Health and Social Care Values
  3. Health and Wellbeing.

What homework will I get?

The homework for this course may take several forms. It may be completing a worksheet, researching a topic or finishing off classwork.  You might be asked to interview a family member or to make a play resource for a young child.  It will be varied and interesting.  We expect that you will need to spend about an hour a week on homework.

How will I be assessed?

The human lifespan development unit is assessed by means of a 2 hours written exam.  This exam will be taken in February of year 11, with a re-take opportunity in June. The other units are all assessed by project work set and marked by your teachers in school, as we go along.

Grades available are:

  • L2 Distinction Star
  • L2 Distinction
  • L2 Merit
  • L2 Pass
  • L1 Distinction
  • L1 Merit
  • L1 Pass

    What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

    This course could lead to further study at a college – you might progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.  Alternatively, you may wish to put your learning into practice and apply for a job.  Pupils who study this course often obtain employment in nurseries, in homes for the elderly and in hospitals.

    Are there any entry requirements for this course?

    There are no entry requirements except an interest in the subject.

    If I need additional support, what can I access?

    As the course proceeds, we will find out if any additional support is necessary.  We will provide after-school catch-up sessions for pupils who have missed lessons due to illness, or if pupils are finding the work hard and time consuming.


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