Health & Social Care (H&SC)

Key Stage 4

BTEC Firsts in Health & Social Care 

Years 9 &10

The new BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care contains an essential core of knowledge and applied skills. If you are thinking of a career in the Health, Social Care, then picking your options in Health and Social Care (BTEC First Award) could be the right qualification for you.  Even if you are unsure of the career path you wish to take, this is a good course to study because it covers a mix of subjects and will equip you with skills you need to further your journey in education.

Core units:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development is externally assessed (One hour exam for unit consisting of short and long answer questions, with an opportunity for extended writing within the exam).

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values, is internally assessed

Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care is internally assessed

Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing is internally assessed


Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE Level 2 Home economics: Child Development

Length of course: Yr 9 – 1st year, Yr10 – 2nd year, Yr 11- 3rd year.


Aims of the Programme:

To provide you with an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised, qualification to enter employment such as a Nursery assistants, or in the fields of child development, or progress to higher qualifications or a full-time degree in a child development discipline.

To develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in your working life.

Engage actively in the processes of home economics to develop as effective and independent learners.


What can I expect from the course?

It is made up of 40% written exam and 60% coursework. You will learn about young children and how they develop.  You will learn about yourself as an individual and your relationships with others. You will take part in discussions and present your ideas and views to the group. You will work independently on coursework for assessment (The Child Study) and be given responsibility for setting your own targets and meeting deadlines.  You will hear from outside speakers who will share their experiences with you.  You may be able to observe children in a child care setting such as a nursery.


Syllabus Content:

There are FIVE main areas of focus within the course. Use this list to help guide your revision:

*Family and Community:  Types of family; Fostering and adoption; Family roles, culture and tradition.  Childcare provision, Children’s rights. Voluntary and statutory services for children with special needs.

*Pregnancy and parenthood:  Reproduction, conception, contraception, responsibilities of parenthood, pregnancy, ante-natal care, labour, birth, care of the newborn, post-natal care of the mother.

*Growth and Development:  Physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child, milestones and norms. Behaviour and discipline.

*Care of the Child:  Benefits of toys, play, books and T.V. Safety and First Aid. Care of the sick child. Equipment, clothing and footwear, bathing, nappies and toilet training.

*Health and Nutrition:  Ailments, immunisations. Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning. Nutritional needs of babies and children. Food related illnesses.



Key Stage 5

Level 3 - Health and Social Care

If you are thinking of a career in the Health, Social Care, then an A Level in Health and Social Care (BTEC National Diploma) could be the right qualification for you.  Even if you are unsure of the career path you wish to take, this is a good course to study because it covers a mix of subjects and will equip you with skills that will be welcomed by universities and employers no matter what you choose to do. You may start out thinking that you like one area of work but once you learn about other areas you may find that your interests change. This is because the A Level will raise your awareness of the range of rewarding career opportunities that exist.


What is this course about?

This course will introduce you to key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide you with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. It complements and combines well with other A Level studies and will equip you with the skills needed for higher education and the world of work. Work experience and practical activities are an integral part of the course combined with extensive coursework. To enjoy and succeed on this course, a high degree of commitment is required combined with an ambition to work in a Health & Social Care settings. A wide range of teaching methods is used, including individual assignments, small-group work and whole-class activities. The focus is on applying what you have learned to care settings and service users.

This can be taken as a 12 unit- course, equivalent to two A levels, equivalent to two A levels.  There are no exams.

Duration:  Level 3: Two years

Specification or Syllabus:   Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care Independent Study Time.  At least four hours of independent study time per week.  Entry Requirements and Student Suitability.  Four GCSEs at grade C or above. These must include English, Mathematics and Science.


Key Stage 5

Level 2:  BTEC First Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development
Awarding body:  Edexcel

1 Year - Full-time. Equivalent up to 4 GCSE at either A, B or C grades

What are the entry requirements?

You will need the minimum of two GCSEs at grade C or above with some further GCSEs at grade D; or Level 1 Foundation Diploma. Alternative, relevant qualifications will also be considered. You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting or nursery experience would be very useful and a successful interview.

What's covered?

If you are planning to work with children in a variety of different early years services, for example day care, nursery, crèche, out of school care and schools this is the course for you. This qualification will enable you to work, supervised, with children and their families in a variety of settings. You will study all aspects of caring for children and reflect on your personal development. You will be given the opportunity to work with children in a range of placements in schools and nurseries. You will continue to improve your English and/or Math's skills in structured lessons alongside your course, and if you plan to progress to a Level 3 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in English and/or Math's by the end of the year.

Core Units

Unit 1 Understanding Children's Development

Unit 2 Keeping Children Safe

Unit 3 Communication with Children and Adults

Unit 4 Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Child Care

Unit 5 Professional Development, Roles and Responsibilities in Child Care

Specialist Units

Unit 8 Providing Support for Children with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs


How will I learn?

This Level 2 qualification provides you with assistant practitioner status' once a successfully pass grade has been achieved. This allows you to undertake supervised work within an early year's environment (0-8 years). This qualification is designed to provide specialist work-related qualification in a range of sectors. It will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding of skills necessary to prepare you for employment. The BTEC First Diploma offers a focused qualification for people who wish to follow a programme of study that is directly related to their work experience.



Links for H&SC

Health and Social Care  (H&SC) Care knowledge  Commission for Social Care Inspection Health and Safety Executive  Learning and Skills Council  Sector Skills Council for Care and Development  Sector Skills Council for the UK Health Sector  Social Care Institute for Excellence