Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care


It's normally exciting to do something new, and this includes learning different subjects that appeal to you. This BTEC First course in Health and Social Care is work-related, so you will be focusing on the work area that interests you. It can be nerve wracking, though, if you are worried that there may be some topics that you will not understand, if you are unsure how you will be assessed, or if the prospect of some aspects of the course ñ such as finding out information on your own, or giving a presentation - makes your blood run cold!

It may help to know that these are worries are common to many new BTEC First students. Yet every year thousands of them thoroughly enjoy their courses and successfully achieve the award.

Some do this the easy way, while others find it harder.

The easy way involves two things:
a) knowing about the course and what you have to do
b) positive thinking

We encourage students on this course to become a community of learners. We strive to provide a rigorous, stimulating academic environment in which you will find both challenge and support. We nurture a sense of curiosity, connection, a caring attitude and love of learning that extends beyond the subject area. With equal regard, we support the development of social skills by encouraging a fundamental respect for oneself, our environment, and the larger world.

You can be sure that your BTEC First teachers are both experienced and keen to assist you in your efforts to achieve your potential in this subject area.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

Core units

Core units provide an essential core of knowledge and applied skills. Developed in close consultation with employers and educators, these core units provide an essential platform of knowledge, understanding and applied skills from which every level 2 learner can build the progression pathway that’s right for them – be that into further academic or vocational learning, into higher education or into employment.


Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (30 GLH) - External Assessment

How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development?

This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated.

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of lifespan development, which is essential when working in health and social care, as you will be able to appreciate the care needs of individuals at different life stages. This understanding is required for a wide range of health and social care roles including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians.


Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values (30 GLH)

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? Health and social care values underpin good practice within the sector.

This unit will enable you to understand the high standards expected in health and social care in order to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals who use health and social care services.


Optional Specialist unit

A broad range of optional specialist units provides the opportunity for learners to focus more closely on a vocational area, supporting progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational course, academic course or into an apprenticeship.


Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care (30 GLH)

Are you aiming for a career in health or social care? If so, how good are your communication skills? Communication skills are vital for those who choose to work in health and social care. Clear communication is important to enable service users to understand and agree to the care they are receiving. Good communication between care professionals allows them to perform their roles effectively, work cooperatively with colleagues and build supportive relationships with service users.  This unit will help you to explore the communication skills needed to interact with individuals who use health and social care services. You will put these skills into practice in real-life or simulated situations, in both one-to-one and group interactions. This will ensure that you develop a range of communication skills and are able to adapt them for a range of different service users and groups.


Unit 7: Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care (30 GLH)

We live in a multi-cultural society, with individuals with diverse needs. It is important that all individuals have equal access to health and social care services and that their diverse needs can be met.

When working in health and social care you will meet people who look and sound different from you, and who have backgrounds completely different from yours. This unit will give you the chance to explore some of the diverse needs of service users that you might come across when working in the health and social care sector.


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of general qualifications such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning (e.g. through another BTEC qualification) or a complementary NVQ. These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification. The learners are required to complete 3 mandatory units and 3 optional units to complete the qualification.


Mandatory units

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care


Optional units

Unit 4: Developing through the life stages

Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

Unit 21: Nutrition for Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care Department are:

Mrs N Forrest - Head of Faculty - Humanities
Mrs Davidson