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Health & Social Care


Health & Social Care

Course Overview

This course is a two year option in Key Stage 4 and follows the BTEC award specification from the Edexcel awarding body.

The course is broadly aimed at students who have an interest in health and social care services and how they operate, may wish to work in the early years, health or social care sectors or enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their life and current and future experiences. However, much of the subject matter is of value to anyone interested in a career dealing with people, as it provides opportunities to develop essential skills and techniques, attitudes and personal qualities.

This course aims to:

  • Introduce the students to the health and social care sectors.
  • Foster an understanding of the importance of communication and develop effective communication skills
  • Develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of service providers and service users within the health an social care sectors
  • Give an understanding of the impact that a range of factors can have on the health and well being of an individual.
  • Give an insight into the factors affecting all areas of human health and wellbeing from birth to old age
  • To encourage a classroom culture in line with care values by emphasising the importance of respect, support for others, raising confidence and self esteem and understanding rights and repsonsiilites and promoting anti-discriminatory behaviour.


Core Units


Human Lifespan development


Health and Social Care Values


Optional Specialist Units


Effective Communication in health and social care


Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing


Promoting Health and Wellbeing


The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing


Equality and Diversity in Health and Wellbeing


Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

To enable the students to understand the various aspects of the course, they are given, where possible, the opportunity to visit and have speakers from local care providers and participate in care sector related events.

A BTEC qualification is awarded upon satisfactory completion of three coursework assignments which are currently internally marked and then verified plus an externally set and marked examination. Students may attain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * grade.


Head of Department - Mrs B Gwyther