Students follow the GCSE Health and Social Care with the Welsh Exam board.  Students will study 2 units:

Unit 1 (works towards a final exam worth 40% of the total mark)

*        Human Growth and Development

*        human growth and development;

*        the factors affecting growth and development;

*        the development of self-concept;

*        life changes and sources of support.


Unit 2 (controlled assessment worth 60% of the total mark)

*        Health, Social Care and Children’s Services

*        care needs of individuals;

*        types of care services;

*        the ways of obtaining care services and the barriers to access;

*        the main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and children’s services; the principles of care.


BTEC in Health and Social Care (Level 3) – starting September 2016


The course is designed to provide students with a specialist work-related qualification in health and social care, which is recognised by employers and universities. It allows students to develop a wide ranging theoretical education whilst also gaining valuable work experience in this demanding field. An essential part of the course looks at the functions of the body and factors affecting its growth and development.
This is a comprehensive course for individuals wanting to progress into higher education and/or a career in a wide range of professions within the fields of health and social care. It provides a specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to one A level.

Course details

Students will study a range of subjects including the development of effective communication skills, control of infections and public health. As well as this, students will carry out a research project on a health and social care topic. Integral to the course will be visits to the Royal Berks Hospital and other local health and social care settings, such as pre-school nurseries, residential care centres, and day centres for the elderly. In addition, there is an opportunity for students to undertake up to 12 weeks of relevant and appropriate work experience. Performance in the work place is monitored and assessed throughout the two years through visits whilst on placement, placement feedback and students completing assignment work whilst on placement.

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Any questions regarding this subject should be directed to Mrs Pedder –