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Health & Social Care BTEC at Heathfield Community College

Course description

**Please note owing to curriculum changes some of the information below may be subject to change. Updated information will be made available on the College website**

The BTEC Health and Social Care course is designed to provide you with a broad introduction to the health and social care sector and to provide a basis for further training and education or for moving into employment within the sector. For those with an interest in health, early years (care and education), social care and issues affecting the care sector the course provides the opportunity to develop this interest, to increase your knowledge and to develop an understanding of the practical skills required within these sectors. Health and Social Care is studied as a certificate or an extended certificate. These are equivalent to one AS Level or one A Level respectively.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of human growth and development You will learn about inherited, environmental and social factors that can influence human growth, development and health. You will explore the impact of both predictable and unpredictable life events, and recognise how they impact on individuals. You will study the interaction between the physical and psychological factors of the ageing process, and how this affects confidence and self-esteem.

Assessment Information

Examination worth 50% of the certificate/25% of extended certificate

Unit 2: Meeting individual care and support needs

In this 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. You will examine factors that can impact on the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services. You will explore the different methods used by professionals across all care services.

Assessment Information

Coursework worth 50% of the certificate/25% of the extended certificate

Year 2

Unit 3: Working in health and social care

This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. You will begin by looking at the range of roles and general responsibilities of people who work in health and social care settings. You will learn about the organisations that provide services in this sector, and the different settings in which these services are delivered according to the needs of the service user. You will learn about the ways these services are provided and about the barriers that can prevent people from getting the services they need.

Assessment Information

Examination worth 33% of the extended certificate

Unit 4: Psychological Perspectives

In this unit, you will learn about the different psychological perspectives that have been put forward and how these approaches have influenced thinking and practices in meeting and supporting service user needs. You will explore some key ideas that will give you a good understanding of how the mind develops, and the factors that influence development and behaviours.

Assessment Information

Coursework worth 17% of the extended certificate

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE English Language and Maths


See Course Content for full assessment information.

Future opportunities

The health and social care course provides the opportunity for further related study at university level and/or for employment within health and social care related areas because of the combination of applied knowledge and skills taught in addition to the theoretical and technical knowledge gained. Possible career progression includes teaching, childcare, nursing, midwifery, social work, and working with people with special needs.

Further information

The course content combines particularly well with AS and A levels in Sociology, Psychology, Sport, English and Biology.

Student quote

Health and social care is really enjoyable. The assignments are relevant to everyday life and the subject teaches you valuable life skills for whatever you want to do as a career. I want to continue studying the subject at university and studying it now has really helped with my application.”  Susannah Cole

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year Certificate / 2 years Extended Certificate
  • Course code: Pearson BTEC Certificate: 601/7193/5 Extended Certificate: 601/7197/2
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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