Health and Social Care BTEC

Subject Lead for Health & Social Care: Mrs Mary Pratt
Mary.Pratt@wyeschool.org.uk

Health & Social Care by Mrs Mary Pratt

With the pandemic taking over the world, Healthcare in every country has become paramount and we have come to truly appreciate our key Healthcare workers and thank them for all that they have done and continue to do. In England, we are lucky to be taken care of by the NHS and they have done everything to try and protect the country and its citizens to the highest of standards. Although the pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, it has also had its benefits in the world of Healthcare. Many individuals have felt inspired by the recent events and decided that they too would like a path in Healthcare. We know there are great career progression opportunities, but it’s also a growing sector. A career in Health & Social Care offers long-term employment prospects, with opportunity for promotion and progression as well as job security. According to the NHS Jobs website, there are around 25,000 vacancies advertised every month and in July 2020, 1.3 million people were employed by the NHS. The care sector is even bigger. Health and Social Care has been shown to be of such importance to the world.

What is Health & Social Care & Why Study it?

BTEC Health and social care aims to provide an introduction to study of the health and social care sector. Through the study of this course you will gain an understanding of the health needs of people through each stage of their life and the factors that affect development. You will study the importance of communication in care activities and about the values involved in care. It is equivalent in size to one A level.

BTEC courses use a combination of internal and external assessment styles to give students confidence so that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of vocational assessments means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers. Students will gain vocational experience through work experience whilst studying for this qualification. So, if you can manage your time effectively, are a good communicator and enjoy group work as well as independent learning, then this course will allow you to develop skills relevant to careers in health, social care, and early years.

Course Description

BTEC courses use a combination of internal and external assessment styles to give students confidence so that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of vocational assessments means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers. Students will gain vocational experience through work experience whilst studying for this qualification. So, if you can manage your time effectively, are a good communicator and enjoy group work as well as independent learning, then this course will allow you to develop skills relevant to careers in health, social care, and early years.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector. Students will study:

  • Human Lifespan Development – External Assessment
  • Working in Health and Social Care – External Assessment
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Internal Assessment

Learners can select one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector. Optional units which are internally assessed include:

  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care.

Beyond Sixth Form

Health and Social Care is generally taken alongside 2 other related subjects, for example:

  • A level in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • A level in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

Entry Requirements

Students should achieve at least a grade 5 in English Language and grade 4-4 in Science.

Technical Details
Exam Board Pearson/Edexcel Qualification
Qualification Type BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Course
Course Title Health and Social Care
Specification Code 601/7197/2
  Number Duration Weighting of total A Level
Externally Assessed 2 1hr 30min each 58%
Coursework 2   42%
Link https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/health-and-social-care-2016.html