Contact: Mrs Vicki Thomas

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 What are we studying?

Edexcel ; BTEC; level 1/2 tech award in health and social care

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Students will be studying the Edexcel BTEC level 1/2 tech award in health and social care course.  Over the two years learners will develop knowledge, understanding and skills which are essential to the modern day work place.  This course is a vocational study course with chances to experience a wide range of work   related learning within placement areas.

Year 10 Core units:

Component 1 (internally assessed)

A: Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it

B: Investigate how individuals deal with life events and coping with change caused by life events


How do people grow and develop through their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this? Understanding these processes is essential knowledge and understanding for health and social care practitioners.


In this component, students 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 students will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.

Component 2 (internally assessed)

A: Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing the.

B: Demonstrate care values and review own practice

Students explore primary, secondary and tertiary health and social care services, and the barriers that there are for individual when accessing these.

In this unit students will explore the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care.

Students investigate ways of empowering individuals who use health and social care services. Students, through work experience and role play, develop and demonstrate their own care values when working with clients in all life stages.

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 them develop skills in applying care values which are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers). This component will help you progress to Level 1 or 2 vocational or academic qualifications.

 Year 11

Component 3 (synoptic and externally assessed)

A: Factors that affect health and wellbeing

B: Interpreting health indicators – physiological and lifestyle indicators

C: Person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plans and obstacles to achieving them.

What does being healthy actually mean? It can mean different things to different people: you might think ‘healthy’ is not having to visit the doctor but an older person might consider it being mobile and able to get out and about, being happy and having friends.

In this component, students look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. Students 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, students will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

Students will develop skills in analysing information and communicating for a specific purpose, which will support your progression to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualification

How are we assessed?

Each unit have learning aims and specific assessment criteria for each grade awarded.

In Year 10 there are four, internally assessed assignments set. Students work towards stated criteria for pass, merit and distinction level. Students must submit their assignment by the deadline set out in the assignment brief. They will receive feedback, and have the opportunity to upgrade their work before resubmission.

Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

Each assignment covers 15% of the qualification.

In Year 11,the synoptic task set and marked externally and is completed under supervised conditions. The set task will be completed in three hours within the period timetabled by Pearson. This task contributes to 40% of the qualification

How are we grouped?

Students are always taught in mixed ability classes. During lesson time, students work individually, in pairs, small groups and mixed gender groupings.

What home learning are we expected to do?

Home learning will be set each week. This will be a mixture of research and coursework.