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Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4: BTEC Tech Award L1/2 

Why study this subject?

This is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 and is a practical, work-related course. The BTEC Tech Award in Heath & Social Care has been designed to allow learners to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from core subjects where relevant. The BTEC Tech Award provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills that show an aptitude for further learning both in the sector and more widely.

This qualification along with the skills learnt will enable you to move onto further education, training or employment in many health and social care related professions including childcare, social work, midwifery, working with individuals with disabilities and many more. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as research experience, debating and communication skills.


What will I learn?

You will explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually over time. Furthermore, you will learn which health and social care services are available and discover why people might need to them. Finally, you will complete a study on an individual and create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person.


What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

The successful completion of the course will lead to a qualification graded Pass, Merit or Distinction which is equivalent to a GCSE 9 - 4 grade.


How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of three units each of which will be assessed on a regular basis mainly through the marking of coursework including homework, presentations and role play for units studied.

Course Unit


Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development

Coursework unit worth 30% of your overall grade.

You will investigate how factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development through different life stages.

You will also discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making decisions.

You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated and assess the development of a celebrity of your choice.

Component 2 – Health & Social Care Values

Coursework unit worth 30% of your overall grade.

In this unit you will research into health and social care services that are provided within the UK, whilst identifying why people might need to use these services.

You will be able to explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need.

Component 3 – Health & Wellbeing

Externally assessed task worth 40% of your overall grade.

Here you will learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people and will be given the chance to explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing.

You will also carry out practical assessment of health using a variety of health measures equipment.


What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

The successful completion of the course will lead to a qualification graded Pass, Merit or Distinction which is equivalent to a GCSE 9 - 4 grade.

Key Stage 5: Level 3 National Diploma

Post-16 Progression BTEC National Diploma is a popular and challenging course. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Education Studies and more.

Year 12:

Course Unit


Unit 1:  Human Lifespan Development

External Synoptic

The unit focuses on how we develop through our life stages and the impact of a wide range of events on this development. In addition, a variety of theories are studied that link with A level Psychology and Sociology.

Unit 5:  Meeting Individual Needs


The unit focuses on the care values and approaches that are needed to work with a variety of service users in health and social care settings.

Unit 12: Additional Support & Needs


 In this unit, you will explore the range of additional needs that are faced by individuals, considering the effects these needs have on their wellbeing, rights and access. Individuals with additional needs may need provision from a number of services, meaning that organisations work in partnership to assess needs and provide support.

Unit 14:  Physiological Disorders


Students will study 2 types of physiological disorder and investigate the causes and implications of this. They will consider appropriate care pathways and evaluate the impact that the disorders have on service users. Research will also take place into new treatments and their impact on patient recovery and quality of life.

Unit 19:  Nutrition


Students study the impact of nutrition on overall health and wellbeing, and the competencies of planning nutrition for service users with a variety of needs.


Year 13:

Course Unit


Unit 2:  Working in Health & Social Care

External Synoptic

This unit requires students to study a wide range of career pathways within the health and social care sectors and examines the key roles and responsibilities they have in providing excellent care to service users. Students will study examples of good working practice and poor working practice and the implications these have had.

Unit 4:  Enquiries into current research in Health & Social Care

External Synoptic

This unit requires students to combine the research competencies, which they have developed throughout KS4 and 5, to analyse a piece of current literature on a topic linked to an aspect of health or social care. Students then have to investigate secondary research and complete an exam paper on the reliability and validity or the research and the future implications this could have for the relevant sector.

Unit 7:  Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care


Students study the legislation, policies and procedures that are implemented in order to safeguard employers, employees and staff in health and social care settings

Unit 8 :  Promoting Public Health



The unit considers all aspects of public health and the history of the NHS. Students will study important health issues in current society such as poor lifestyle choices, mental health and developments in health protection and promotion. Students will carry out a wide range of statistical research to support their findings on the success of a variety of strategies that are implemented to improve public health.

The Health and Social Care Team

  • Ms Yovani Cunningham – Teacher of Health & Social Care

    Email: Yovani.cunningham@walthamstow-academy.org

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