Health & Social Care BTEC

Why study health and social care?

As a student in health & social care you will examine many aspects of life involving health, community and social care. You will be introduced to care practice, equality, rights and laws as well as focussing on topics such as communication, caring for vulnerable people and safeguarding. This course will enable you to develop an empathy with service users in health and social care settings, to understand more about the world around you, the care sector, and people, whilst supporting your personal development of analytical, discussion and communication skills. Work experience is strongly recommended whilst studying for this qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through external examination and internally assessed coursework underpinned by both primary and secondary research.

What will I be learning about?

The topics covered include:

  • human lifespan development
  • working in health and social care
  • meeting individual care and support needs
  • psychological or sociological perspectives.

In human lifespan development you will explore the key aspects of growth and development, and the experience of health and wellbeing. The working in health and social care unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. When working for an organisation in this sector, you will have important responsibilities that you need to understand and carry out. These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that you properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them. In the meeting individual care and support needs unit you will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. Sociology will lead you to question many of the attitudes you hold and the assumptions you make about society and individuals who have care and support needs. To work effectively in health and social care you need to be familiar with sociologists’ research findings, and be able to apply a sociological understanding to your practice. An important aspect of working in the health and social care sector is to have a good understanding of the ways in which psychological development occurs in order to effectively meet the individual needs of service users. Having knowledge of the key concepts and ideas enables you to understand the ways in which development and behaviours occur.

Where will this lead?

Health and social care is an ideal starting point for a wide range of health careers including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and hospital work. In the field of social care it provides opportunities to work in social services, childcare and teaching. Our students progress into paid employment, apprenticeships and university courses.

What are the entry requirements?

Five grade 9-4 at GCSE levelincluding minimum level 5 in English. You must be genuinely passionate about examining, debating and developing an understanding of health & social care topics.