Health and Social Care


About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care. In healthcare, this includes jobs such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and administrators, while social care roles include care assistants, social workers, occupational therapists and counsellors. Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society, and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase.

 The BTEC Tech Award is a practical introduction to life and work in Health and Social Care, so you can develop an understanding of the sector and see whether it’s an industry you’d like to be in. This new qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE, and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about health and social care. This course will give you the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and techniques, and to review your own performance in demonstrating ‘care values’.

Health and Social Care is an option for KS4 only but with plans to take it into KS5 next September.

What am I going to study?

 This course gives you the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life changing events like marriage or parenthood. You will learn how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to help them. You will also learn about the different health and social care services, and about ‘care values’ and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need. You will be able to demonstrate these care values practically. You will develop skills in interpreting data about someone’s state of health in order to design a plan that will allow them to improve their health and wellbeing.

There are three Components:

Component 1 Human Lifespan Development. This is assessed through two coursework projects which together make up 30% of the final grade.

  • How do people grow and develop through their lives?
  • How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this?

Component 2 Health and Social Care Services and Values. This is assessed through two coursework tasks which together make up 30% of the final grade.

  • Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them
  • Demonstrate care values and review own practice.

Component 3 Health and Wellbeing. This externally marked paper is sat in Year 11 and is worth 40% of the final grade.

  • What does being healthy mean? How can this differ for different people? What factors can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing?
  • Interpreting physiological and lifestyle indicators to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing. What could prevent the plan from being a success?




Mrs S Schelpe



Miss C Russon               Mrs S Schelpe             Miss B Harlock