Introduction to the Subject and Team
Mr Ben Price
Curriculum Team Leader of Society
BTEC Health and Social Care comes under the Society department’s umbrella of subjects. The department is staffed by five subject specialists.
Health and Social Care is a popular choice at KS4 and 5 for students wishing to gain a more practical hands-on approach to learning. By the end of the course students can choose a more academic pathway and move towards college or university or if they so wish they can choose to move into their chosen vocation.
In addition to the core lessons, teachers are on hand to deliver support and guidance throughout the two years.
Course Content at Key Stage 4
BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care
In year 8 students can pick BTEC Health and Social Care as one of their options to start in Year 9. They will study the course for 3 years and it leads naturally onto the BTEC Health and Social course offered at KS5.
The course is split into three units that aim to give students an understanding of the key vocational skills and essential knowledge associated with Health and Social Care. The course is 66% coursework covering 2 internally moderated units of work. It also involves an external exam which accounts for 34% of the final grade which is a controlled assessment.
Unit 1 covers how people grow and develop throughout their lives in the ‘Human Lifespan Development’ unit. In this unit students will study 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. Students will look at how an individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house and will learn how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support that are available to help.
Unit 2 covers Health and Social Care Values. In this unit students will learn about the importance of the care values and how these are used by health professionals in order to ensure all service users get the care and support they need to meet their individual needs. This unit will help students develop skills to apply the care values; this will involve students actively applying the care values in a vocational health and social care context.
Unit 3 covers Health and Wellbeing which is the externally assessed unit. In this unit students will learn about the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn to interpret physiological and life style indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. Students will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and well-being, including short and long term targets. Additionally, they will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.
Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject
This course will provide students with a national vocationally specific qualification recognised by both employers and universities. Many of our former students have gone onto undertake degrees in nursing, teaching, social care, probation, psychology and criminology to name but a few, whilst some have moved into jobs as the course will prepare them for any future career in Health and Social Care or any related career that involves working with people.
Future careers/areas of interest may include: Social work, Midwifery, Health studies, Teaching, Paramedics, Childcare, Occupational Therapist, Radiography, Youth Work, Psychology, Sociology, Social policy.
How Parents Can Support Learning
- Be aware of the assessment deadlines that students will have been given at the beginning of the year. It is imperative that they met these or they will not be allowed to enter resubmissions to improve their work.
- Ensure students have a set space to learn at home. Research shows that we can remember things better if we learn in the same space. Also encourage your child to get into a daily/weekly pattern with their homework, this will help them to ensure that they meet all their deadlines
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