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Health and Social Care

Welcome to our Health and Social Care page

Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.

If you have any queries regarding Health and Social Care or Child Care Learning and Development, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Mrs S Hoskins
Health and Social Care

Newman Catholic School, Carlisle


Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

This is a level 2 qualification; the grades being Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. However learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade. The subject is equivalent to one GCSE.

All of the units in this qualification are compulsory to ensure that learners develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the early years sector, taking into account the recent Nutbrown review (June 2012) and its recommendations for content within early years qualifications, including the importance of:

  • Child development for the 0 to 7 age range – which is reflected in the birth up to eight years focus in this qualification, particularly in Unit 1: Patterns of Child Development
  • Play as a route of children’s learning, which forms the basis of early years frameworks, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (England) and Foundation Phase (Wales) – which is covered in Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development Through Play
  • Inclusive practice and empowering children, as well as the key person within early years settings – which is covered in Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in early years, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant.
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector, for example, of child development and using play to promote child development.
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course, such as in early years, health and social care or psychology, or an apprenticeship.
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment.

Course Content

BTEC First Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is offered as an option at Key stage four. It is an exciting and stimulating course, suitable for students who may consider working with young children in the future. It is a nationally recognised vocational qualification designed to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in the student’s working life.

Within this subject there is a large emphasis on social skills and the students will be given the opportunity to learn about different societies and may have the opportunity to become involved with charity or local community projects.

Progression opportunities:

  • Studying this subject provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for level 2 learners to progress to:
  • Other level 2 vocational qualifications.
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, or the BTEC Nationals in other sectors, such as in health and social care.
  • Related academic qualifications.

Apprenticeships within the early years and health and social care sectors. Learners who achieve the qualification at Level 1 may progress to related level 2 vocational or academic qualifications, such as BTECs or GCSEs.

Developing employability skills:

One of the main purposes of such BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. These skills include: self-management, teamworking, business awareness and customer awareness, problem-solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work and the use of IT.


What is Health and Social Care?

As a subject, Health and Social Care (H&SC) combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. Students of Health and Social Care will have a work placement alongside their academic studies; such a placement may take place in a nursery, residential home, hospital, or other caring establishment. Others may take a health and social care course as a route to further qualifications hoping that it will lead to employment within the sector.

Depending on their qualification, students may start off as care assistants and develop care to becomedoctorsnursessocialorkersphysiotherapistscounsellorspsychotherapists,  or a range of other related occupations.

H&SC is studied in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.


Why choose a Level 2 BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care?

  • Care values are at the heart
  • Students apply their learning to a real-life scenario
  • The components build on each other so that your students grow in confidence
  • Practical tasks rather than written exams


How does the course work?

The course is made up of three components: two internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed. Our three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. Our assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their assignment skills, as they move through the course.

  • Human Lifespan Development, internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course
  • Health and Social Care Services and Values, internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course
  • Health and Wellbeing, externally assessed task, 40% of the total course


Component 1 Human Lifespan Development

During Component 1, you will:

  • explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • investigate how various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development
  • discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making changes.


Component 2 Health and Social Care Services and Values

During Component 2, you will:

  • learn which health and social care services are available
  • identify why people might need to use these services
  • discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.


Component 3 Health and Wellbeing

To achieve this aim, you will:

  • learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people
  • explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing
  • identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • assess an individual’s health using what they’ve learned
  • create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.





Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
The health and social care sector comprises two sub sectors; health care and social care. Health care encompasses all hospital activities, medical nursing homes and GP services, for example. The social care sector includes residential nursing care, residential nursing facilities, residential care facilities, domiciliary care and social work. Students are able to progress into work in the sector through degree programmes in nursing, midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, for example. There are more than 300 distinct career paths in
this sector. The sector is a major employer, employing almost four million people across the UK.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification aims to provide an introduction to study of the sector and is for the student interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent in size to one A level. It supports access to a range of higher education courses, possibly in health and social care, if taken alongside further level 3 qualifications. The qualification typically makes up one third of a study programme.
What does the qualification cover?

Students will complete the following mandatory units:
● Human Lifespan Development
● Working in Health and Social Care
● Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
Students are able to select one option unit that supports their progression to specialised degree programmes, and
which covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector. Optional units include:
● Sociological perspectives
● Psychological perspective
● Additional needs
● Physiological disorders.

If you need any more information please see Mrs Hoskins, Head of Department, Social Sciences.

What could this qualification lead to?

Because the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is generally taken alongside other qualifications, as part of a two year programme of learning, students will be able to choose a wide range of degree programmes to progress to, depending on the other subjects they have chosen. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many courses. For example, if taken alongside:
● A levels in Biology and Psychology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
● A levels in English and History, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers. Will the qualification lead to employment, if so, in which job role and at which level? This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to employment via higher education. It also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles, industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships; for example, the Adult Social Care Apprenticeship or the Allied Health Profession Support Apprenticeship.
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