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Why study Health & Social Care?

Health and Social Care gives students the underlying knowledge in:

  • Understanding the structures of Health and Social Care
  • The Care Values of Health and Social Care
  • Understanding the health risks that people take and how these can be addresses by health promotion
  • Client Needs and knowledge of how to empower them
  • Barriers affecting individuals accessing services
  • Human relationships, development and growth through all the life stages
  • Social and emotional influences on health and well-being.

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health & Social Care

Course Content

Human Lifespan Development – This topic will be covered in year 10 (30% internally assessed through coursework)

  • Human Growth and Development – how do humans develop through the 6 life stages
  • The factors affecting growth and development – including events that are predictable (going to school, getting married) and unpredictable (unemployment, life changing accident)
  • The development of self-concept – how we see and feel about ourselves, how is self-concept built and how can it be altered
  • Life changes and sources of support – where do we find support in society (formally from medical professionals, informally from friends and family or from the voluntary sector such as charities).

Health and Social Care Values and Services – This topic will be covered in year 11 (30% internal assessment through coursework)

  • Care needs of individuals – what needs do people have and why?
  • Types of care services – what is a service and who provides it?
  • The ways of obtaining care services and the barriers to access – how can we access these services and what might prevent us from accessing them?
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and children’s services; the principles of care.

Health and Wellbeing – This topic will be covered in year 10 and the external exam will be sat in May of year 10 (40% externally assessed)

  • What is a healthy person
  • Factors affecting health and wellbeing
  • Health and wellbeing improvement plan, which includes targets and recommendations.

Opportunities after BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is an exciting, practical and diverse course which will support all students who wish to have a career within the field of Health, Social Care and Education.

Following successful completion of the BTEC Level 2 students will have opportunities in:

Further Health and Social Care study at Key stage 5.

This course will support students in accessing further studies at college and accessing the world of work. All the skills learnt throughout this course will support students in their  future academic and personal development.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Units covered

Students in Year 12 will study a range of subjects including:

Human Growth and Development

Working within Health and Social Care

*both of these units are assessed through formal written examination.

Further units to be studied in Year 13 include:

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Physiological Disorders

*both of these units are assessed internally through coursework.

Integral to the course will be trips to local hospitals and other local health and social care settings, such as pre-school nurseries and schools, residential care centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, pharmacists, day centres for the elderly or people with special needs, hospices for people with terminal illnesses and hostels for the homeless.

Why choose this course?

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.

Entry requirements

BTEC in Health and Social Care (Level 2) at Merit or above or GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above.

Opportunities after BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is an exciting, practical and diverse course which will support all students who wish to have a career within the field of Health, Social Care and Education. This course will support students in accessing further studies at university and accessing the world of work. All the skills learnt throughout this course will support students in their future academic and personal development.

Health and Social care will enable students to develop skills in:

  • Team Work
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Insight into careers within Health and Social Care settings
  • Understanding the needs of others
  • Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
  • Individual academic and personal growth and development

Any questions regarding this subject should be directed to Mrs Pedder – pedders@crispins.co.uk