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Health and Social Care

Health and social care is a study of the care industry including working on day centres, hospitals, domiciliary acre and residential care. The course embeds working practices applied to caring for children and young people as well as adults.

We study health and social care holistically to develop knowledge and skills alike. This covers physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social skills via developing emotional resilience and care standards.

The course is a broad equivalent of one A level and builds of the basic foundations of health and social care practice at Level 2; increasing and developing knowledge and skills which can be applied to health and social care practice and the world of work.

BTEC Level 2


Year 10  
Learning outcomes

Students are introduced to the basics of health and social care and given the opportunity to assess the basic principles of human growth and development of individuals. Further topics introduce health and social care principles and care values. This work will prepare students for undertaking the assessments in Years 10 and 11.

BTEC Tech Award is structured into three components, two of which will be undertaken in Year 10. Students will develop knowledge and skills in the vocational sector, human lifespan and health and social care services and values. They will understand human lifespan development and how it is used to understand how individuals develop as well as how to determine specific developmental delay and how life events can impact on development.

Topics taught

Topics taught:

  • Human lifespan development across the life stages and the factors that affect it
  • How individuals deal with life events
  • Different types of health and social care services and barriers to access
  • Demonstrating care values in role play situations
Year 11  
Learning Outcomes The final year of the BTEC course consists of two units (promoting health and wellbeing and the impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing). Students will focus on developing knowledge and skills for health promotion events, including local and national statistics and will use their knowledge of existing health promotion campaigns to develop their own campaign. Following this they will investigate dietary needs including the balance of good health and the eat well plate. This builds on health promotion by using healthy eating campaigns to develop diet plans for specific dietary needs.
Topics taught
  • The purpose, principles and benefits of health promotion
  • How health risks can be addressed through health promotion
  • The effects of balanced and unbalanced diets on the health and wellbeing of individuals
  • The specific nutritional needs and preferences of individuals

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Entry requirements

The course content is very thorough so the entry requirements are high.

We recommend the minimum of five level 5 GCSE grades or better including maths, English and science.

Curriculum info

We follow the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, over two years, which is the equivalent of one A level consisting of four units of which three are mandatory and two are external.


In the first year, you will study modules in:

  • Human lifespan development (exam unit)
  • Meeting individual care and support needs (written assignment-internally assessed)


In the second year you will study modules in:

  • Working in health and social care (exam unit)
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs (written assignment-internally assessed)


All work will be graded at pass, merit, and distinction grades and carry the equivalent UCAS points to enable progression to university.