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Health & Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care comes under the Society department’s umbrella of subjects. Health and Social Care is a popular choice at KS5 for students wishing to gain a more practical hands on approach to learning. The course is the equivalent of 3 A levels. 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


Year 12 Course Content (AS Level where applicable pre-reform)

Students will cover a total of 13 units over the course of the two years. This is a combination of three examinations, externally assessed units and internally assessed units.

Unit 1: Human Lifespan and Development

This is an examined unit that takes 90 guided learning hours and lasts 1 hour 30 mins and will be sat in the May/June of the first year. The unit covers an overview of what practitioners need to know when working with people in every stage of their life. This unit will develop student’s knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development. The unit will also cover a number of theories and models to explain and interpret behaviour through the human lifespan.

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

This unit will help students understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector.

When working for an organisation in this sector, students will have important responsibilities that they need to understand and carry out. These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that students properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them. Students will begin by looking at the range of roles and general responsibilities of people who work in health and social care settings. This is an examined unit that is worth 80 marks and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Unit 6: Meeting Individual Care and Supporting Needs

This unit introduces students to the values and issues that need to be considered when planning care and support that meet the needs of an individual in a health and social care environment. In this unit students will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. Students will examine factors that can impact on the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services. This unit is set and marked internally by the department.

Unit 7: Work Experience

In this unit students will learn about the benefits of work experience in health and social care. They will examine how work experience can help students to develop personal and professional skills, such as communication and teamwork, and to understand more about the expectations of different professional roles. Students will develop a plan to support their learning in placement and will monitor their progress with a reflective journal. This is a practical unit which will support work experience placement in health and social care and provide a foundation for students to develop, apply and reflect on knowledge and skills in a realistic situation. This is an internally set and marked unit.

Unit 12: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

In this unit students will learn about the professional responsibilities for maintaining safe practice. They will explore the legal duty of care and the importance of legislation, policies and procedures in protecting individuals from harm, upholding their rights and promoting their welfare. They will also examine the types of abuse and neglect that service users can experience and learn how to recognise and respond to concerns about abuse and neglect in health and social care settings. This unit is internally set and marked.

There will also be a further two optional units studied in year 12

Year 13 Course Content (A Level where applicable pre-reform)

This year will build on the previous year’s knowledge and will also require students to sit one externally marked exam and an externally set assessment.

Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

This unit focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will learn the core knowledge of cellular structure and function and the organisation of the body as a whole. They will then build on this to develop a more detailed knowledge of the fine anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems and those systems involved in energy metabolism. Students will examine energy and the cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems and the functioning of body systems associated with energy metabolism. They will consider some common disorders and how homeostatic mechanisms operate in the maintenance of an internal environment. This is an external exam sat in the summer term

Unit 5: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

In this unit, students will find out about the different research methods that can be used to gather information and the ethical issues that need to be considered. Students will develop skills that will enable them to carry out secondary research into a contemporary issue. They will review research carried out into a contemporary issue in the sector, and carry out their own secondary research into the issue. Students will then consider how the research findings may benefit service users or improve practice, and make recommendations for further research. In this unit they will draw on your learning from across the programme to complete assessment tasks. This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Learners will be provided with Part A of the assessment six weeks prior to the supervised assessment period. Part A will provide learners with a choice of two articles for learners to research. It is recommended that they spend 18 hours on their research over the six week period.

The supervised assessment period is a maximum of three hours. During the supervised assessment period, learners will be given Part B of the assessment which will assess their understanding of research methods, the issues involved in planning research and the impact of the research findings on health or social care practice and/or provision. The number of marks for the unit is 65.

Unit 13: Promoting Public Health

This unit will give students an understanding of the aims of public health policy. Students will explore how patterns of health and ill health of the population are monitored and how this leads to the development of public health policy. They will consider factors affecting health locally and nationally and look at different methods of promoting and protecting public health.

There will also be a further 3 optional units studied in year 13, all will be internally set and marked

Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for BTEC Health and Social Care other than 5x GCSEs at grades A*-C as stipulated by the college.

Assessment


Students will be assessed in a number of different ways over the two year. They will be expected to sit three external exams (two at the end of Year 12 and one at the end of Year 13). Alongside this they will be required to complete a controlled assessment over a period of three hours. Finally they will have 4 core and 5 optional units that they are required to complete which will be set and marked internally by the department.

Financial Information


There will be a cost associated with having a DRB check carried out for the work experience aspect of the course.  Currently this is approximately £52.50, though this may increase due to inflation.  If students have financial difficulties or reasons why they cannot pay this, then they should discuss this with the school at the application/interview stage.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

 

Future Opportunities


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.

Further Information


A BTEC in Health and Social Care is the ideal choice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in a health or social care setting. 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.

The aim of the course is to offer students who want to progress into a health and social setting with a more practical hands on approach to learning.