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Health & Social Care - BTEC

This course is an ideal choice if you want to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, health promotion, occupational therapy or speech therapy.

The course covers a range of subjects including public health, effective communication in health, equality and diversity, rights, socialisation and the importance of nutrition for wellbeing.  You will also have an opportunity to study skills in communication, numeracy, literacy and IT and partake in a period of work experience in a Health or Social Care setting.


Students study a range of units throughout years 10 and 11.  One mandatory unit, which is externally assessed via an exam, is that of Human Lifespan Development.  This is worth 25% of the course.  Students also complete a period of work experience, which then directly feeds into Unit 2, Health and Social Care Values.  Students are able to use their practical, first hand experience to write about the importance of care values within the setting they observed as well as in other fields.  Throughout year 11 students study a further two units, Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing and The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing.  All three of these coursework units are assessed internally and have a combined value of 75% of the total course.

This is an appealing course for students who want practical experience in the field of health and social care.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Students value the practical aspect of work experience which is arranged for the end of September, they are encouraged to organise a second placement, in their own time, to draw upon and widen their experiences.  Students also benefit greatly from inviting guest speakers into lessons, to give practical, first hand experience of what it is like to work in various health and social care settings.  This year employees from a day care setting and a children’s centre came into lessons to talk to students.

Health & Social Care Department

Subject Leader Miss K Doyle
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