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Health & Social

Mrs H Brogden
Mrs A Southworth
Miss A Foster


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
  • 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.

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

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.
Scheme of Work Overview

Current year 12 students study Unit 2 and Unit 5, progressing to Unit 1 and 14 in year 13.

Current year 13 students study Unit 2 and 14.

Key Stage 5

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