You should study this subject if you are interested in understanding how humans grow and develop and how the different providers of health, social care and early years work to help and support them to do this. It will develop your knowledge, enabling you to develop research and independent learning skills, crucial for any future study and career. If you have an interest in knowing more about human development at all life stages and studying the skills and qualities needed to work in any caring profession, this is an essential course to take.
What will students learn?
The four units studied are: Human Lifespan Development, Effective communication in health and social care and The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing. You will study the different life stages and how the different factors interrelate and impact on one’s development. You will investigate using case studies how to meet the needs of the clients in a health and social care settings based on the unit of study.
How will students be assessed?
Health & Social Care is worth the equivalent of one GCSE grade and involves studying four units over the duration of the course.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care
UnitCore unitsAssessment methodGLH
1 Human Lifespan Development External 30
2 Health and Social Care Values Internal 30
3 Effective Communication in Health
and Social Care Internal 30
6 The Impact of Nutrition on Health Internal 30
Further Study and Careers in Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care GCSE would be a good foundation for; studying a variety of courses including A-Levels in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, Biology or BTEC in Children‟ Care Learning and Development. It would also lead to a wider variety of apprenticeships or vocational courses at college. Many careers such as Social Work, Caring for Young Children, the Elderly or those with Specific Needs as well as Early Years Teaching, the Police, Health Care Assistants and many medical professions would benefit from you studying this subject.