Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

The subject is important within the curriculum as it gives students the opportunity to learn about and discuss a wide range of real world topics in a safe environment.

The subject tackles the four main forms of development from birth until elderly age and gives students a real insight into what happens in terms of development throughout these age ranges but also life events. Students gain knowledge of legislation, types of support that can be accessed as well as what the caring profession is about. 

I enjoy this subject because it is something I want to use in the future. At the moment I would like to work as a nurse in the future and would need this subject.
Year 10 student

Potential career paths and further study

The subject lends itself to a wide range of careers such as nursing, midwifery, caring, social and support work and is well recognised by universities as a strong BTEC to have. The subject is enjoyed by students as they have the opportunity to consider a range of current topics and discuss these in detail, there are also often subject areas that students are able to relate to on a personal level.




Introduction to Health and Social Care




Component one teaching learning Aim A

Learning Aim A



Component one teaching learning Aim B

Learning Aim B



Component two




Component two learning aim A

Learning Aim A



Component two learning aim B

Learning Aim B



Component three teaching




Component three assessment

Learning Aim A & B – first attempt February, resit May


Qualification & Board

L2 BTEC in Health and Social Care 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

Students will study three components over the three years, they will complete coursework for each component.

Component one – Human Lifespan and Development. The focus of this component  is to understand how individuals grow and develop throughout the lifestages as well as the life events they will encounter and the support available.

Component two – Health and Social Care Services and Values. This component requires learners to look at the range of care professionals and settings within health and social care .

Component three – Health and Wellbeing. Learners will focus on how health and wellbeing is defined and the factors that affect this, they will also consider how an individuals health and wellbeing can be measured.

Potential Career paths

Nurse, carer, social services, teacher, social worker, midwife, doctor, dietician, radiographer, physiotherapist, occupational therapist – the possibilities within health and social care are vast.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

This course is assessed solely through coursework, there is no formal written exam.

Component 1 – complete a comprehensive report of an individuals growth and development evaluating the factors that have affected them and the impact they have had. Learners will then be required to choose a life event and interview two individuals who have experienced this, they will then discuss the similarities and differences between the two and consider the support they have received.

Component 2 – using the case studies provided learners will research the care professionals and settings suitable for those individuals, describe the barriers that they could face and how these could be overcome. Learners will then complete a role play demonstrating the care values and evaluate their performance in a report.

Components 1 and 2 are teacher assessed and a selection sent for moderation.

Component 3 – learners will be presented with a scenario, they will be required to identify the positive and negative factors effecting the individuals health and wellbeing as well as focusing on a specific life event and considering how this effected the individual. Learners will the be required to assess the physiological data of the individual and explain their current health and risks to future health.

Component 3 is a controlled assessment completed in exam conditions and externally marked.

Core or Option


No Option Choices (GCSE only)


No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

 1 BTEC grade