KS4: BTEC First Award (Level 2)

KS5: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3)

Health and Social Care Curriculum Intro:

Studying Health and Social Care provides learners with a broad introduction to the health and social care sectors that operate within the UK. Students will develop core skills and knowledge that underpins the work of care practitioners including aspects of communication, work place skills and the needs of a diverse and ever changing society. Through the study of realistic health and social care contexts including projects, assignments and work experience learners will acquire a range of skills that are desirable, relevant and recognised within this expanding sector. The addition of workshops and the investigation of topics through a variety of media will stretch and challenge students within a subject and sector that is constantly evolving.

The BTEC level 2 is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade at A*-C and is completed over two academic years. There are 3 internally assessed units and 1 externally (exam) assessed unit. The BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care is designed as specialist qualification for students who have clearer view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. BTEC Level 3’s are equivalent to A levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike. With further training or study, learners may progress into Health and Social Care related careers such as Social work, Counselling, Childcare, Midwifery, Teaching, Paramedicine, Health Visitor or any field of Nursing. Health and Social Care also provides transferable and relevant skills that apply to any profession within a diverse and ever changing society. If completed successfully learners could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma. Learners could also go on to a Modern Apprenticeship in related subjects such as Nursery Nursing.


Year 1: Sept-Jan

Year 1: Feb-July

Unit 3: Internally Assessed

Effective Communication Skills in HSc

This unit provides learners with knowledge, understanding and practical skills they need to be able to communicate effectively within a health or social care environment. Learners will investigate and learn about different forms of communication, understand barriers to communication and be able to communicate effectively showing an understanding of individuals needs

Unit 1: Externally Assessed

Human Lifespan Development

How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we, as humans, grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development.

Year 2: Sept-Jan

Year 2: Feb - May

Unit 2: Internally Assessed


Health and Social Care Values


What is good practice in health and social care? What ensures that good practice is applied to support individuals who use health and social care services? You will discover the answers to these questions over the course of this unit. The values that are described in this unit may also be applied to daily life. You will be given the opportunity to discuss the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care including what is meant by terms such as inclusion, non discriminatory practice, a duty of care and a person-centred approach.

Unit: TBC Internally Assessed

One additional unit will be studied as part of the course. This will be chosen once learners are enrolled to ensure that the Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care curriculum is responsive to the needs of the students and to allow for the curriculum to be personalised to student’s potential career pathways and study aspirations


Year 1:

Year 2:

Unit 1 - Developing Effective Communication in HSC

This unit aims to enable learners to understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will give learners the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed to embark on a career within the health or social care sectors

Unit 11 – Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence

This unit aims to enable learners to be aware of different types of abuse and to understand why this may happen. They will be able to develop knowledge of work to safeguard adults, and an understanding of how the rights, independence and the wellbeing of adults are promoted through a person-centred, multi-agency approach.


Unit 3 - Health, Safety and Security in HSC

This unit aims to enable learners to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. They will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care setting.

Unit 2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in HSC This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. Learners will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combating this. They will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings.


Unit 20 – Promoting Health Education

This unit aims to enable learners to understand the principles underpinning health education and related models of behaviour change. This will enable them to apply these principles to the design and implementation of a small health education campaign.

Unit 48 – Exploring Personal and Professional Development in HSC

This unit aims for learners to understand different ways in which learning can take place and how learning from individual experiences can be used to enhance the quality of knowledge, skills and practice. Learners will be able to explore concepts of learning and relate these to their own preferred learning style.

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