Health and Social Care

"A modern health and social care system has to be completely focussed on the needs of its users"

Patricia Hewitt

Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care Social Care

About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people. Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society. The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase.

In Alde Valley Academy we provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option of Health and Social Care curriculum, which gives learners, access and progress to KS5 and beyond. The BTEC Tech Award is an introduction to vocational learning. The qualifications give our students the opportunity to build skills that show ability for further learning, both in the sector and more widely.

The Health and Social care department will nurture every student through their journey to develop their resilience, expression, and independence, growing into well-rounded individuals to succeed in today’s diverse society. Complimenting other subjects’ and the wider school, students will experience and study a vast range of Health and Social Care topic areas requiring them to demonstrate maturity and respect for others, coupled with high expectations means students will aspire to excellence. Students will become confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face for their health and well-being, preparing them for life and inspiring them to work in Modern Britain.

Learners develop skills such as the ability to learn independently, analytical skills, self-management, adaptability and resilience, communicating and working collaboratively. All learners should be able to display behaviour such as good attendance, punctuality and respect for other members of the group.

It is a Tech award which means it will focus on developing sector specific knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. There is no limit to progression options as the skills acquired are applicable to a range of post-16 study options.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about both health care and social care services, jobs and the behaviour’s professionals should use, when dealing with people.

They will delve into the changes that happen during a lifetime, such as physical growth or puberty, learning about ‘people’ of all ages.

Students will gain an understand about the impact of life events, such as starting school or divorce, too.

They will learn skills, such as the interpreting data to assess an individual’s health and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing.

The application of care values is essential in this sector as it underpins attitudes to working with others and in general society creating well rounded individuals.

Revision Provisions

What is GCSE Health and Social Care

The award gives you the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and

skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which


· skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health,

and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing

· attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and

the opportunity to practise applying them

· knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes,

including human growth and development, health and social care services, and

factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.

Who might enjoy this course?

This course is suited to those who are interested in a career in nursing,

midwifery or working with early years or the elderly.


You will develop the ability to analyse and critically evaluate information,

communicate effectively with individuals, groups and organisations and

produce accurate records and make informed decisions.

What about exams? What will I study?

The course consists of three separate components;

1) Human Lifespan Development (2 assignments that are internally


2) Health and Social Care Services and Values (2 assignments that are

internally assessed)

3) Health and Wellbeing (1 controlled assessment, externally set and


What could I do next with GCSE Health and Social Care?

If you succeed in Health and Social Care you can progress to a Health and Social

Care Level 3 course or a range of other subjects at 6th Form or College or an


This course can lead to careers in a wide range of roles including Social Work,

Nursery Nurse, Child Minder, Youth Work, Nursing and the Allied Health

professions, Occupational Therapist, Medical technician, Health Care Assistant,

Community Support and Outreach worker.