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Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care course gives pupils the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life changing events like marriage or parenthood.  Pupils will learn how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to help them.

Pupils will also learn about the different health and social care services, and about ‘care values’ and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need.  Pupils will be able to demonstrate these care values practically.  Pupils will develop skills in interpreting data about someone’s state of health in order to design a plan that will allow them to improve their health and wellbeing.

How are the topics/units structured?

Pupils will carry out a variety of tasks during the course.  Their teacher will mark these, which will give them an idea of how they are getting on.  These are based on components 1 and 2.  Towards the end of the course pupils will do one larger task (component 3), where they use the knowledge, skills and techniques they have learned to design a health improvement plan.  All the work pupils do throughout the course prepares them for this larger task, which is marked externally.

Component 1 - Human Lifespan Development -  Pupils will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

Component 2 - Health and Social Care Services and Values -  Pupils will study and explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users.  Pupils will also develop skills in applying care values.

Component 3 - Health and Wellbeing -   Pupils will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

How will pupils be assessed?

Exam type - BTEC Tech Award Level 2.

Exam weighting:

Component 1 - 30% - Assignments and tasks marked by your teacher.

Component 2 - 30% - Assignments and tasks marked by your teacher.

Component 3 - 40% - Task completed under supervised conditions, marked externally (one re-sit allowed).

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