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Health & Social Care

BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care.

Course Objectives

The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a KS4 qualification designed to give students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

  • skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing
  • attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them
  • knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.

Careers Options

Nurse, Physiotherapist, Care Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Early Years Practitioner, Counsellor, Dietician, Nutritionist, Aid Worker, Substance Abuse Support Worker.

Why study Health and Social Care Tech Award

This qualification is for students who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in health and social. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, Early Years and Biology.

How does the course work?

Unit Information

Year 9

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

In Year 9 students will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.  They will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and you will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them. 

Students will complete an assignment which is internally assessed and externally verified and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Year 10

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

In Year 10 students will study and practically explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.  Students will learn that people who need social care are not always ill – they may be unable to do everyday activities like getting dressed or feeding themselves, or need help with their day-to-day lives. Providing good health and social care services is very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure this happens. Care values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm. This component will give students an understanding of health and social care services and will help you develop skills in applying care values which are common across the sectors.

Students will complete an assignment which is internally assessed and externally verified and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Year 11  

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

In Year 11 students 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.

In this component, students will look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. You will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, they will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

Students will complete a synoptic which requires learners to assess an individual’s health and wellbeing and use this to create a health and wellbeing improvement plan. The external assessment takes the form of a set task taken under specified conditions that is then marked and awarded a grade awarded by Pearson. The external assessment contributes 40% of their final grade.

 

The Health and Social Care Teachers delivering this course will be:

Mrs D. Eccott – Head of Department – Year 9 and Year 11

Mrs A. Burton – Teacher – Year10

Mrs. R. Smith – Teacher – Year 9