Health and Social Care - Introduction
Students can opt to take a BTEC Health and Social Care course in Year 10. This course involves completing four units over two years and includes a coursework and an exam based element.
The four units that students will study are Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development, Unit 2 – Health and Social Care Values, Unit 3 – Effective Communication in Health and Social Care and Unit 5 – Promoting Health and Wellbeing.
Unit 1 provides you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate factors that affect this growth and development.
In Unit 2 you will gain an understanding of how different care values are applied in health and social care settings, and their importance to work in the sector. You will also investigate methods used to empower individuals who require health and social care services.
Unit 3 allows you to investigate different forms of communication and look at how they are used effectively in health and social care. You will also investigate the difficulties some people experience in accessing health and social care, owing to barriers in communication and how these issues can be overcome.
In Unit 5 you will explore some of the reasons why health promotion activities are carried out and the benefits of health promotion work for individuals and for the health and wellbeing of the nation as a whole.
This is a BTEC Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care which consists of 120 guided learning hours. Assessment is made up of a one hour external exam and seven pieces of coursework which take a variety of different forms including written reports, role plays and presentations.