Health and Social Care Curriculum

Health and Social Care runs for Year 10 - 13 students.

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Year 10

BTEC First Health and Social Care (exam board: Edexcel)

In Year 10 students will complete two units of work:

  • Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development - Assessed via external exam (25%)
  • Unit 2 Health and Social Care Values - Assessed via coursework (25%)

Two remaining units are completed in Year 11 (50%)

Autumn Term
Students will start the course by starting Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values. Students will develop a range of study skills in order to produce coursework for internal assessment. Students are assessed throughout the course via different methods of assessment including:

  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Factsheets
  • Practical Analysis
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Role play scenarios

Unit 2

  • Explore the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care
  • Investigate ways of empowering individuals who use health and social care services

Spring Term
Students will complete Unit 2 in the Spring Term and will then build knowledge for an external exam in the Summer Term. The exam Unit 1 includes the following topics:

  • Explore human growth and development across life stages
  • Investigate factors that affect human growth and development and how they are interrelated

Summer Term
Students will complete Unit 1 and prepare for the final external exam assessment in the summer term.

External Assessment – June

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Year 11

BTEC First Health and Social Care (exam board: Edexcel)

In Year 11 students will complete two units of work:

  • Unit 3 Effective Communication in Health and Social Care - Assessed via coursework (25%)
  • Unit 6 The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing - Assessed via coursework (25%)

Two units have been completed in Year 10 (50%)

Autumn Term
Students will start the course by starting Unit 3: Effective Communication: Students will build on a range of study skills from Year 10 in order to produce coursework for internal assessment. Students are assessed throughout the course via different methods of assessment including:

  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Factsheets
  • Practical Analysis
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Role play scenarios

Unit 3

  • Investigate different forms of communication
  • Investigate barriers to communication in health and social care
  • Communicate effectively in health and social care

Spring Term
Students will complete Unit 3 in the Spring Term and will then build a portfolio of evidence for the final unit of work.

Unit 6:

  • Explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced diets on the health and wellbeing of individuals
  • Understand the specific nutritional needs and preferences of individuals

Summer Term
Students will complete Unit 6 and prepare their portfolio of evidence for external moderation

Students’ marks from four units of work (two units from Year 10 and two units from Year 11) are combined to give an overall grade for the Health and Social Care course.

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Year 12

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (exam board: Edexcel)

Students will complete two units of work in Year 12:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (externally assessed, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes)

This unit covers physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan. It will also cover biological, environmental, societal and financial factors affecting development, including the effect of predictable and unpredictable factors, and the psychological and physical effects of aging.

Therefore, this unit has a broad focus, giving learners underpinning knowledge and understanding of potential health and social care needs faced by individuals at different life stages and the factors affecting development and the effects of aging.

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (internally assessed, two-part task comprising of research and a written piece)

This unit covers the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and looks at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. Students will examine factors that may impact 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. Students will explore the different methods used by professionals across all care services. They will reflect on these methods when considering the importance of multi-agency working in providing a package of care and support that meets all the needs of individuals.

This unit will be useful to those who are intending to pursue a career in social care or healthcare, for instance, as a social worker or health worker, practice nurse or occupational therapist. The unit will also be invaluable to those who wish to progress to higher education, to degrees in areas such as health and social care management, social work and nursing.

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Year 13

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (exam board: Edexcel)

Students will complete two further units of work in Year 13.

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (externally assessed, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes)

This unit will give students a broad overview of the health and social care sector. The unit will serve as an introduction to working practices in health and social care, and how they are influenced by codes of practice and regulation. As an introductory unit, it has been designed to apply to both the healthcare and social care sectors in order to be relevant to students who have not yet decided to which area they need to progress. The unit covers roles and responsibilities of people who worl in the health and social care sector, the role of organisations in the sector, and working with people with specific care and support needs.

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care (internally assessed)

In this unit students will explore different types of physiological disorders, how they are diagnosed by doctors and the types of appropriate treatment and support that users may encounter.

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