Health and Social Care

Length of course: 3 years (3hrs a week)

BTEC courses are different from GCSE courses:

  • The qualification is 60% coursework.
  • Every piece of coursework counts towards your final grade.
  • Keeping your folder of evidence is vital as this is the only way your work can be assessed.
  • Each BTEC course is made up of a number of units. One which will be and external assessed task which is 40% towards your final grade.
  • Each unit is graded either: Level 1 Pass, L1 Merit, L1 Distinction or Level 2 Pass, L2 Merit, L2 Distinction or L2D*.
  • To gain each level you must provide evidence of all of the criteria in every unit.
  • Vocational courses encourage you to take a more active part in your learning.
  • You will also need to take responsibility for your learning by planning your work, carrying out research, and regularly reviewing your progress.

BTEC Tech Awards Level 1/2 course are also:-

  • Vocational courses help to prepare you for the both the world of work and further education. BTEC tech award courses help you to develop organisation, time management and presentation and research skills.
  • All these are highly valued by employers.
  • If you are planning to go on to further education you will have developed all the above skills plus essential independent study skills – highly valued by colleges and universities.

Course Content: (What you will be learning)

Year 9 – Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

In this component, you gain skills and knowledge of 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 you will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.

Year 10 – Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

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. This component will give you an understanding of health and social care services and will help you develop skills in applying the care values.

Year 11 – Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

In this component, you look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. You will 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, you will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

Where the course can lead you?

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”(Mother Teresa)

With a BTEC Tech Award in Health & Social Care, students are able to explore, challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can see whether the industry is one they’d like to be in, where they could go, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their next steps.

After completing the course, you can continue on to further vocational and academic study at level 2 and level 3, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships.

What’s more, the practical transferable skills your students master during their studies such as self- reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support their progress in the present and in the future.

Health & Social Care is an excellent background if you wish to pursue a career, which is all life stages, orientated such as:

• Working with individuals with learning disabilities or mental health issues

• Teaching

• Childcare e.g. Early Years Worker, Child-minder

• Paramedic

• Midwifery

• Nursing(children or adults)

• Occupational therapy

• Social work

• Art Therapist

• Operating theatre practitioner

• Dietician

• Podiatrist

• Radiographer

• Dentice

• Dentice assistant

• Ambulance care attendant

• Emergency medical dispatcher (EMD)

• Ambulance call taker

• Prosthetist and orthoptist

• Speech and language therapist