The Health and Social Care course develops the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career or further study in a related area.
Health and Social Care
What will your child learn in our subject?
At level 2, students complete:
BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 (Year 9-11)
- Component 1: Human Lifespan Development
- Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values.
- Component 3: Health and Wellbeing.
At level 3, students complete:
BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (NQF) (Years 12 and 13)
- Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
- Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
- Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
What is the name of the examining body? Edexcel
Why should I study this subject? There is a strong emphasis on developing employment skills that will be useful in any area of work. Examples of topics studied are developing communication skills, equality and diversity, promoting health education, anatomy, physiological disorders, and public health. Assessment is varied and includes evidence from work experience placements, presentations, role plays, written assignments and reflective diary entries. The course is excellent preparation for university level study or working life in an occupation within the health or social care sectors.
What are the main skills you need to succeed in this course? Maturity – Students will be put into work based scenarios and asked to complete tasks as if they were an employee carrying out a duty. Empathy – Students will have to take into account the needs of other students and customers when completing coursework, both written and practical.
Organisation – Students will be required to maintain log books for the duration of some units of work.
What areas of study are covered in this course? BTEC Tech Awards
Component 1: Human Lifespan Development – In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and students will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.
Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values – This component will give students an understanding of health and social care services and will help them develop skills in applying care values which are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers). Providing good health and social care services is very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure this happens. Care values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm.
Component 3: Health and Wellbeing – In this component, students will look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. They will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. Students will also learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, they will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.
BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – In this unit, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of how human development can be affected across the life stages. There is a real focus on the psychology that supports this. Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – In this unit, students will explore a variety of careers in health and social care sectors. They will look at the roles and responsibilities of these workers and why they are important. This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. When working for an organisation in this sector, you will have important responsibilities that you need to understand and carry out. These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that you properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them.
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – To be able to provide the care and support that meets the needs of an individual in a health and social care environment, it is important that you understand the principles and practicalities that are the foundation of all the care disciplines. This unit introduces you to the values and skills that you will need for a career in social care or health care. Ethical issues will arise and challenges will need to be overcome when personalising care. You will reflect on the different methods used by professionals working together in a multi-agency team to provide a package of care and support that meets individual needs.
Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care – In this unit, learners will be introduced to several psychological perspectives and encouraged to not only to understand them but also to apply them to a work setting. Each has its merits, but no single perspective can explain all behaviour. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the strengths and weaknesses of each one, and to use more than one perspective to explain different types of behaviour in individuals.
How will this course be assessed?
BTEC Tech Award Level1/2 (Year 9-11)
There is one externally set task which is sat in year 11, which assesses the content of component 3 – Health and Wellbeing (3 hours). Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed through coursework. The units within this qualification are graded using the system Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. It is possible for the student to be awarded a Level 1 qualification (Pass, Merit and Distinction) if they do not meet the requirements of the Level 2 criteria.
BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (NQF) (Years 12 and 13)
Units 1 and 2 are examination based units with 90 minute exams awarding the grade for the units. Students cannot pass the course without a minimum pass criteria in these units. Units 5 and 11 are internally assessed. The units within this qualification are graded using the system Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
What are the expectations of me in terms of coursework, homework, etc.? Each student will need to complete assessed coursework on a regular basis. Homework will be set in accordance with the whole school policy to build on learning in lessons and to supplement coursework as well as preparation for the externally assessed exam. Students must be preparing revision materials for the examination units to enhance their own learning throughout the unit.
What career may this course assist me with in the future?
Health and social care can be seen as a cross-curricular subject. It covers many topics such as: Communication Studies, Psychology, Nutrition etc. The health and social care courses available are designed to give a realistic insight into the opportunities available in the health and social care sectors.
Any career that involves children, elderly, or any group of vulnerable people would benefit from studying health and social care.
Who should I speak to if I require more information? Miss L Cooper