Health and Social Care

This new BTEC course prepares you with a work related qualification in Health and Social care. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study the subject post sixteen.


The health and social care sector employs some of the most talented and brilliant people the country has to offer. The NHS, as the main employer, has a continual need for doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and support staff, and there are further opportunities to work in social care, educational settings (child minders/ nurseries/ primary schools) and residential care homes. This subject offers a relevant start if you are interested in a career in the caring professions. It is also a NEW subject for all of you.

  • To understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.
  • To actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students
  • To develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors.
  • To examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life.

The course is designed to:

  • Provide students with an overview of Health Care, Social Care and Early Years Provision.
  • Give students the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding at the equivalent of GCSE level.
  • Equip students with some of the skills they will need in the work place or in further education or training.

To complete this course student will study the following three components.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

This unit contains the following topics:

  • Human growth and development of people from the 6 life stages including:
    Infancy (0-2 years)
    Early childhood (3-8 years)
    Adolescence (9-18 years)
    Early adulthood (19-45 years)
    Middle adulthood (46-65 years)
    Later adulthood (65+ years)
  • Physical factors that affect growth & development (genetics, illness/ disease, diet, lifestyle choices and appearance)
  • Social and cultural factors (culture, religion, community, gender, educational experience, friends and family)
  • Economic factors (income/wealth),
  • Life events (moving house, redundancy, new job, imprisonment, retirement),
  • Types of support (formal and informal)

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

This unit contains the following topics:

  • Primary care services
  • Secondary and tertiary care services
  • Services for children and young people
  • Services for adults
  • Services for children with specific needs
  • Informal social care
  • Barriers to care (physical, sensory, social, cultural and psychological, language, geographical, intellectual, resource and financial)
  • Care values (empowerment and promoting independence, respect for others, maintaining confidentiality, preserving dignity, effective communication, safeguarding and duty of care, promoting anti-discriminatory practice).

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

This unit contains the following topics:

  • Definitions of health and well-being
  • Factors affecting health and well-being (genetics, ill health, diet, exercise, substance use, personal hygiene, social interactions, stress, willingness to seek help, financial resources, environmental conditions, housing, relationship changes, life circumstances)
  • Health indicators (physiological indicators, pulse rate & recovery rate, BP, peak flow, BMI, using published guidelines, abnormal readings)
  • Interpreting lifestyle data

Overview of Assessment

Human Lifespan Development –  Internally Assessed Unit, 36 Guided Learning Hours, 30% of BTEC

Health and Social Care Services and Values – Internally Assessed Unit, 36 Guided Learning Hours, 30% of BTEC

Health and Wellbeing – Externally assessed Unit, 48 Guided Learning Hours, 40% of