Subject Overview Health and Social Care BTEC

Health and Social Care is a course for anyone interested in working with people of a variety of ages and in a range of settings.
This could range from babies or children, people with special needs or learning difficulties, families and young people, to the elderly.
If you have an approachable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and compassionate nature, this course may be for you!

What will I learn?

BTEC Firsts in Health and Social Care can help you take your first steps towards a career caring for people and communities.

You’ll learn the essential skills needed to support people with a wide range of needs, from babies and toddlers to adults and the elderly.

Throughout the course teaching, learning and assessment is applied to health and social care practice and the range of client groups and situations where care and support take place

What Units are covered?

Year 10

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values.

Topics covered:

  • Defining and demonstrating care values
  • Empowering individuals

Unit 2 is a core unit and is assessed externally.

Unit 7: Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care.

Topics covered:

  • Discriminatory and non-discriminatory practice in health and social care
  • Impact of discriminatory and non-discriminatory practice in health and social care
  • Factors that may affect the care needs of individuals
  • How adapting services to meet the diverse needs of service users promotes equality and diversity in health and social care

Unit 7 is an optional specialist unit, assessed through a Controlled assessment internally then externally moderated.

Year 11

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development.

Topics covered:

  • The different life stages people pass through during the life course.
  • Key aspects of human growth and development at each life stage.
  • Physical factors that affect human growth and development
  • Social, cultural and emotional factors that affect human growth and development
  • Economic factors that affect human growth and development
  • Physical environment factors that affect human growth and development
  • Psychological factors that affect human growth and development
  • The expected life events that can affect human growth and development and the positive and negative effects of the events on growth and development
  • The unexpected life events that can affect human growth and development and the effects of the events on personal growth and development and that of others
  • Understanding how to manage the changes caused by life events

Unit 1 is a core unit and is assessed externally.

Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care.

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Effective communication
  • Alternative forms of communication
  • Barriers to communication and how to overcome them
  • Communicating with groups and individuals

Unit 3 is an optional specialist unit, assessed through a Controlled assessment internally then externally moderated.

Career Options

Studying Health and Social Care will enable you to progress into Higher Education to pursue many different careers, including Adult, Children or Mental Health Nursing, Radiography, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Care Work, Nursery Nurse, and many more.

 

(Reviewed September 2018)