Health and Social Care


Health and Social Care will develop and prepare students in both an academic and practical way. It will instil essential skills in students such as confidence, communication, dignity and respect. Health and Social Care will help students to mature into well-rounded confident citizens and successful learners who can work and think independently.

The curriculum will challenge pupils to reach their potential by inspiring all to stretch their depth of thought and understand vocabulary linked to the Health and Social Care profession. They will develop different levels of language by accessing experiences beyond the classroom with different client groups and services offered. Students will assess, examine and discuss key topics within the specification, to unlock a deeper level of thought and understanding.

Students will experience British Values by learning and practising respect, tolerance and diversity in a variety of Health and Social Care environments. Students will enhance their leadership and organisation skills as they plan and prepare “hands on” experiences through the vocational pathway of the course. From this, students gain an understanding and appreciation of their possible destinations beyond Standish Community High School and create memorable, lifetime experiences in real working environments.

Students will understand factors that can affect our mental health and physical wellbeing. They will appreciate life stages and how our lives can be affected with expected and unexpected life events at different points. The Health and Social Care curriculum will encourage students to lead active and healthy lifestyles with a focus on positive mental wellbeing.

Pupils will actively engage in Health and Social Care lessons. The Health and Social Care curriculum will inspire learners to be confident individuals who feel valued and resilient enough to learn through different degrees of challenge.

BTEC TECH Award in Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care Tech Award is a pathway of vocational learning. It will prepare students for Post 16 alongside the traditional GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Learners who achieve level 2 at Key Stage 4 might consider a progression pathway to:

  • A levels in a range of subjects
  • Study of a vocational qualification at level 3
  • Apprentice pathway in an area of Health and Social Care

Learners are required to complete and achieve all components included in the qualification.

Component Title Assessed
1 Human Lifespan Development Internal
2 Health and Social Care Services and Values Internal
3 Health and Wellbeing Externally Set Exam

Component 1

Component in brief: Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

Learning aims
A Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it
B Investigate how individuals deal with life events.

Component 2

Component in brief: Learners 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.

Learning aims
A Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them
B Demonstrate care values and review own practice.

Component 3

Component in brief: Learners 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.

Summary of assessment
This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will be given a case study and will assess an individual’s health and wellbeing, drawing on their understanding of live events from Component 1. They will design a health and wellbeing improvement plan that draws on their knowledge of services and care values from Component 2.

The exam is worth 60 marks and will be sat under exam conditions. |Pupils have 2 hours to complete the exam.

Revision resources are available to buy relating to component 3.