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Health and Social Care

Why do we teach Health & Social Care?

We value the cross curricular aspects of this subject, which teaches students about health and wellbeing, looking at physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth and development across the life stages. Work placements prepare students for life outside of the classroom and students often work in groups to build effective teamwork and communication.

Health and Social Care aims to introduce students to the three core aspects that underpin the subject:

• Rights and responsibilities

• Service provision

• Understanding human behaviour.

The subject gives students a greater awareness of current issues and prepares them for their next steps, which may include career opportunities in areas such as childcare, nursing, mental health and counselling. Students gain an understanding of aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations. They examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues, as well as developing an awareness of the influences on an individual's health and well-being, and an understanding of the importance of motivation and support when improving health.

Key Stage 4 

The new BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care gives you the opportunity to learn more about people in different settings and life stages. You will learn how humans grow and develop through life, how healthcare settings are run, as well as gaining an insight into the NHS.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed.

  • Component 1: Human Lifespan Development (internal)
  • Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values(internal)
  • Component 3: Health and Well Being (external)

During Component 1, you will:

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

During Component 2, you 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

During Component 3 you will:

  • 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 someone’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

With a BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care, you can explore, challenge and realise your potential. During the course, you can see whether the industry is one you’d like to be in, where you could go, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in their next steps. After completing the course, you can continue to further vocational and academic study at level 3, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. What’s more, the practical transferable skills you master during your studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem-solving will also support your progress in the present and the future.

This course is equivalent to a GCSE.

BTEC Tech Award level 2 provides a useful introduction to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care in the sixth form as well as giving practical information related to working in a health and social care setting for all levels and job roles.

In 2016 90% of our students achieved A*-C

Key Stage 5 

If you enjoy learning about health and well-being, then the Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Certificate will stretch and challenge you. You will gain a valuable insight into a broad spectrum of issues fundamental to meeting the needs of health and social care clients. This course gives you the opportunity to learn more about people in these different settings and life stages. You will learn how humans grow and develop through life, how healthcare settings are run, as well as gaining an insight into the NHS.

With the new BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, you can get to know the core care values, develop valuable skills and explore potential careers

Course Outline: 4 units  

Year 12

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (90 GLH) compulsory and external assessment
  • Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs (90 GLH) compulsory and internal assessment

Year 13

  • Unit 2: Working in Health & Social Care (120 GLH) compulsory and external assessment

You will also complete 1 optional unit:


  • Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (60GLH) internal assessment
  • OR
  • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care (60GLH) internal assessment

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of students centred approach to learning, involving research for assignments, guest speakers, lectures, group work and discussions. You must be prepared to allocate time outside lessons to plan and prepare what could be challenging material. We encourage students to read widely and conduct their own research in their portfolio, although we will offer 1:1 support in relation to all units of study.

A qualification in health and Social Care is highly valued by universities and employers alike. The BTEC Health & Social Care qualification can lead to employment within the sector or help you to gain access to university to study a degree in e.g. nursing, paediatrics occupational therapy, radiotherapy, physiotherapy, midwifery, social work, or teaching. police service, probation service, medicine, paramedics, health visiting, mental health, counselling and social work.