Health and Social Care


Mr N Lynch:

Mrs Reynolds:

Mrs Venables:

Mrs Brogden:

Mrs Southworth:

Mrs Middlemann:

Ms McDonough:


Our vision is to engage all young people and develop them into young adults who are effective in the health and care sector.  We aim to create knowledgeable carers who will be able to enter into all sectors of the care industry.  By fostering a spirit of enquiry, nurturing our students’ curiosity, and bringing current, relevant and real world case studies into the classroom, we prepare our students to become capable citizens.

Students completing their BTEC qualifications in Health and Social Care will be aiming to go on to employment, often via the stepping stone of higher education. 

From induction onwards, students will need to be motivated to work consistently and independently to achieve the requirements of the qualifications. They will understand how assignments are used, the importance of meeting assignment deadlines, and that all the work submitted for assessment must be their own. 

You will receive a guide that explains how assignments are used for assessment, how assignments relate to the teaching programme, and how you should use and reference source materials, including what would constitute plagiarism.

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

The BTEC Health and Social Care qualifications cover a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few.

The key concepts are 


•Health equity and inequity

•Theories of health

•The welfare of the population

•How government and institutions care for the population

The BTEC Health and Social Care units allow opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills.

 Employability skills are: 

• cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology 

• intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation 

• interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Health and Social Care is aimed at students with a willingness to explore new ideas, an ability to communicate ideas effectively and an aim to work in the area of health and social care. The specification is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of principles, values and practices in health and social care sectors. Application and analysis skills are developed throughout the course, to enhance students understanding of real life dilemmas that professionals in health and social care sectors face in their dealings with clients and colleagues.

The qualification provides transferable knowledge and skills for higher education by:

• the ability to learn independently 

• the ability to research actively and methodically 

• being able to give presentations and being active group members.

• reading technical texts 

• effective writing

 • analytical skills 

• preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Post 16

In the sixth form the Health and Social Care department offer two qualifications.

The Extended Certificate is the equivalent of one A Level.  This qualification is often referred to as the ‘Single’.  This qualification has 4 units of study as shown below.

Unit 1:  Human Lifespan Development

Unit 2:  Working in H&SC  

Unit 5:  Meeting Needs

Unit 14:  Physiological disorders

Scheme of Work Overview

Year 12     Autumn 1     Autumn 2      Spring 1     Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 13     Autumn 1     Autumn 2      Spring 1     Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

The Diploma is the equivalent of two A levels and is often referred to as the ‘Double’.  This qualification has 8 units.  This consists of all 4 units from the Single plus the 4 units listed below.

Unit 4: enquiries into research

Unit 7:  Safe practice

Unit 8:  Promoting public Health

Unit 19: Nutritional Health

Autumn 1     Autumn 2      Spring 1     Spring 2

Cultural Capital

Health and Social Care develops pupils’ understanding of how government and institutions directly influence the care of individuals.  It explores how individuals can directly change people’s lives for the better.

Pupils are encouraged to take on roles in the community. They will be able to transfer theoretical skills into real life situations for the benefit of the local community and the nation.

An Equitable Curriculum – Removing Barriers to Learning

The Health and Social Care qualifications are open to all students.  The department ensures that all students are treated fairly and respectfully.  All students are able to participate fully in all areas of learning.

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