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Health and Social Care                                                                                    HCare                                                                

Year 9

At KS3 in Health and Social Care equips students with knowledge, understanding and skills related to the development and care of individuals throughout the life cycle from conception to later adulthood. Students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of influences on human growth, development, behaviour and well-being. They will also gain an understanding of the social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs of people who use care and support services, and recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. Students will gain an understanding of how service provision supports the development and well-being of individuals, to be able to make informed decisions now and in later life.

There are a number of cross curricular links, these include Food Technology, Science, PSHE and Physical Education.

Key stage 4 – Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

At KS4 pupils will study BTEC Tech Awards which are skills-based qualification for pupils aged 14-16: equivalent in standard to and designed for study alongside GCSEs. BTEC Tech Awards give pupils the chance to get a taste of what the sector is all about, explore different job roles and start building the technical skills and knowledge they’ll need to pursue a career in it.

The BTEC Tech Award for Health & Social Care is a hands-on course that gives pupils a taste of what the sector is like, as well as the skills and confidence to succeed in their next steps. Pupils get to know the core care values, develop valuable skills and explore potential careers.

How the course works – As the BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a practical introduction to life and work in the sector, pupils will be able to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the sector.
  • Appreciate the importance of care values.
  • Analyse and evaluate their skills.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed: These components build on each other to motivate pupils by helping them put what they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence.

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development (weighting: 30%)

Aim: understand how we grow and develop throughout our lives.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

During Component 1, pupils will:

  • Explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • Investigate how various factors, events and choices may impact on individuals’ growth and development
  • Discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making change

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values (weighting: 30%)

Aim: Get to know how the Health and Social Care sector works and the care values that underpin it.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

During Component 2, pupils will:

  • Learn which health and social care services are available
  • Identify why people might need to use these services
  • Discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • Explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • Look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

Component 3 – Health and wellbeing (weighting: 40%)

Aim: Help improve someone’s health and wellbeing

Assessment: Externally assessed task, in which pupils create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for someone based on a brief.

To do this, pupils will:

  • Learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing
  • Identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • Assess someone’s health using what they’ve learned
  • Create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • Reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.


Homework tasks will be used to support the understanding of classwork as well as to complete work towards assignments.

In addition to homework, pupils should also review and revisit previous content as part of their revision, throughout the year.

Resource that will help pupils extend their knowledge


Specification - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/btec-tec-awards/health-and-social-care/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/tech-award-HSC-spec.pdf

www.ageuk.org.uk/ Age UK − a charity for older people. Provides information on factors and events that impact on older people and explains sources of support. Students may need direction to relevant/suitable pages.

www.barnardos.org.uk, Barnardo’s Believe in Children − has information on factors and life events that impact on infants, children and adolescents. Students may need direction to relevant/suitable pages.

www.businessballs.com/games.htm, Businessballs – a learning and development resource that provides games and activities to solve problems.

www.nhs.uk, National Health Service − information on NHS services and support, inherited disease and healthy lifestyle choices. Students may need direction to relevant/suitable pages.

www.nutrition.org.uk ‘Healthy eating’, British Nutrition Foundation − includes pages on healthy eating tips accessible for students aged 14–16.

www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk ‘Home page’, Action on Hearing Loss – a resource that provides support to people with hearing loss.

www.british-sign.co.uk/ ‘Home page’, British Sign Language – a valuable resource that provides online tools and resources on sign language.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahjewell/wonderful-british-slang-according-to-mums?utm_term=.rpLwd7yX3#.twbjMVPne ‘22 Pieces Of Teenage Slang Explained By British Mums’, BuzzFeed – a resource where the users of Mumsnet try and understand what their teenage children are saying.

www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/i-am/considering-or-university/studying-be-allied-health-professional ‘Studying to be an allied health professional’, Health Careers – a good resource that provides an overview of anyone thinking of a career as an AHP.

www.literacytrust.org.uk/about/faqs/710_how_can_i_assess_the_readability_of_my_document_or_write_more_clearly ‘How can I assess the readability of my document or write more clearly?’ National Literacy Trust − a valuable resource that will enable individuals to assess the readability of text; a useful tool to develop English skills.

www.makaton.org/ ‘Home page’, Makaton Charity − a good resource explaining Makaton and which provides training, support and advice.

www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/Pages/Allied-Health-Professionals.aspx ‘Allied health professionals’, NHS Professionals – a valuable resource providing information on AHPs.

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/services-for-children-and-young-people.aspx ‘Children and young people’s services’, NHS Choices − a useful resource that explains a range of children and young people’s services. ‘Caring for Jasmine – meet the family’ gives an insight to family experience of caring for a child with additional needs.

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/dentists/Pages/nhs-dental-charges.aspx ‘NHS dental services explained’, NHS Choices − useful to raise awareness of costs applied to NHS services, also a good resource to develop maths skills.

www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx ‘Home page’, NHS Choices − a useful resource which offers a wide range of information around health as well as links to sources of advice, care and support.

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenwithalearningdisability/Pages/Whatislearningdisability.aspx ‘What is a learning disability’, NHS Choices − a resource that gives a clear overview of common learning disabilities that individuals may experience.

www.rnib.org.uk/ ‘Home page’, Royal National Institute of Blind People – a resource that provides support for people with sight loss.

http://theconversation.com/dinter-bitz-and-gwop-a-guide-to-british-youth-slang-in-2016-52037 ‘Dinter, bitz and gwop: a guide to British youth slang in 2016’, The Conversation – a good resource that explains youth slang.

www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=choice-and-control and www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=practical-assistance Short video on empowerment and independence from the Social Care Institute for Excellence


www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=personal-hygiene; www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=privacy Short video on dignity from the Social Care Institute for Excellence

www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=social-inclusion Short video on social inclusion from the Social Care Institute for Excellent – may be useful here to demonstrate a range of anti-discriminatory practice.

www.youngcarer.com/young-carers-services Part of the Children’s society website which gives details of Young Carer services

www.adfam.org.uk ‘Drug addiction’, Adfam − provides information about family drug support.

http://ash.org.uk/category/information-and-resources/fact-sheets ‘Smoking’, ASH − useful fact sheets on smoking, including statistics.

www.bapca.org.uk ‘The person-centred approach’, BAPCA − provides information about adopting a person-centred approach.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science ‘Diet’ (in Biology section), BBC − provides a lot of information about a balanced diet.

www.camden.gov.uk ‘Pollution’, Camden Council – outlines the effects of different pollutants or noise on health and well-being.

www.data.gov.uk/dataset/ ‘Physical activity’, Data.gov.uk − provides data by the UK Government on physical activity levels.

www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/drinking-habits-and-behaviours ‘Alcohol’, Drinkaware − useful information on health effects of alcohol and binge drinking.

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information/charge-syndrome ‘CHARGE syndrome’, NHS Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children − provides one example of a genetic condition which can affect health and well-being to varying levels.

www.gov.uk/government/news/new-alcohol-guidelines-show-increased-risk-of-cancer ‘New alcohol guidelines show increased risk of cancer’, Government Digital Service − most recent guidelines on alcohol consumption.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines ‘UK physical activity guidelines’, Government Digital Service – guidance by the Chief Medical Office on physical activity in the UK.

www.igd.com/our-expertise/Nutrition-food-and-farming/Healthy-balanced-diets/ ‘Nutrition’, IGD − provides a range of articles about various aspects of a healthy balanced diet.

www.nhs.uk various health subjects, e.g. ‘How do I check my pulse?’ Blood pressure, NHS − shows clearly how to measure own pulse and blood pressure.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx ‘The Eatwell Guide’, NHS − provides all the information needed to draw up a balanced diet concept map.

www.ons.gov.uk ‘Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2014’, ONS – (follow links ‘Home’, ‘People, population and community’, ‘Health and social care’) provides data on adult drinking habits.

http://personcentredcare.health.org.uk ‘Person-Centred Care Resource Centre’, The Health Foundation − provides information about a person-centred approach.

www.sustrans.org.uk/policy-evidence/the-impact-of-our-work/related-academic-research-and-statistics/physical-activity ‘Physical activity and health – facts and figures’, Sustrans − provides facts and figures on physical activity and health.


Brenda Baker, Colette Burgess, Elizabeth Haworth, BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care Student Book, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9781292200927 - Written by an author team of BTEC teachers and professionals, this book includes full coverage of all three components, structured to match the specification.

Evans, J.Not present and not correct: understanding and preventing school exclusions, Barnardo’s, 2010 − a case study that looks at exclusion in young people. This study looks at the reasons and consequences of exclusion and looks at alternative methods and cost to improve exclusion.

Higgins, H., Lavers, S. and Garnham, P. BTEC First in Health and Social Care 2010 Student Book (1st edition), Pearson Education, 2012, ISBN 9781446901359 − suitable for students aged 14–16. This book has information on growth and development across each life stage, factors and life events.

Meggitt, C. Child development, an illustrated guide with DVD: birth to 19 years (3rd edition), Pearson Education, 2012, ISBN 9780435078805 − this book is accessible for students aged 14–16. It gives an overview of milestones for infants, children and adolescents from birth up to 19 years across all areas of development with links to photographs. A DVD of video clips is included which illustrates children’s development.

Barrow, S. Respecting the religious and cultural needs of patients, Unknown, nd, available from: www.gmw.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n901.pdf&ver=1686 − an easy to read resource that provides comprehensive guidance about how to support the needs of individuals from a range of cultures.

Care Quality Commission, How to complain about a health or social care service, Care Quality Commission, 2014, available from: www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/20140210_6642_cqc_how_to_complain_leaflet_final_web.pdf − a useful document to assess readability, as it is intended to be in an easy to read format.

Carers UK, Facts about carers 2015, Carers UK 2015, available from: www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/facts-about-carers-2015 – a digest and analysis by Carers UK on all key research and statistics about carers in the UK.

Department for Education and Skills, Young people’s guide to care matters: green paper, DfES, nd, available from: www.education.gov.uk/consultations/downloadableDocs/carematters%20final%20easy%20read%20version.pdf – an easy to read helpful resource that aims to listen to young people’s views about children and young people’s services.

HSCIC, Statistics on smoking. HSCIC, nd. Fact sheet on how to stop smoking. Available from: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/media/18659/Smoking-fact-sheet/pdf/HSCIC_Stoptober_infographic_A3_0915a.pdf

Sportanalytix, Graph of recovery rates. Sportanalytix, nd. Available from: http://asset4.sportanalytix.com:8080/newsimg/img_299.jpg


Nursing Times (EMAP Ltd) − produced for professionals working in the NHS this magazine is not suitable for students but may contain useful information such as support for older people that teachers could draw on in their lessons.

DVDs and videos

Avoiding exclusion, available from: http://oxme.info/cms/learn/avoiding-exclusion − a video clip by Oxfordshire County Council of three individuals’ experiences of exclusion and the effects it has on them.

Classification of motor skills: skill acquisition (fine/gross..serial..), available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyJzoXqfVx4 − a video clip that demonstrates the difference between gross and fine motor skills in adults and gives descriptions/differences between each aspect of physical development.

Coping with redundancy, available from: www.nhs.uk – a video clip by the NHS that shows an individual speaking about the effects of redundancy.

Early Years Foundation Stage videos, available from: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7914115EB65911A5 − series of Early Years Foundation Stage video clips produced by the Department of Education. Includes, e.g., ‘Children play on a pirate ship’ and ‘Children play at being travel agents’.

GCSEase: Health and Social Care DVD, available from: shop.channel4learning.com/ − contains material suitable for students aged 14–16. Includes types of support and how relationships and life events influence health and well-being.

Kevin becomes a teenager: BBC comedy, available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLuEY6jN6gY%20– a video clip by the BBC that shows the change in behaviour and attitudes as a teenager reaches 13 years.

Man on the Moon, available from: www.ageuk.org.uk/− a video clip on Age UK’s website that outlines loneliness and lack of social interaction in older age.

Once we were young, available from: www.ageconcernexmouth.co.uk/ − a video clip by Age Concern Exmouth that shows factors affecting the development in later adulthood and the negative and positive effects.

PSHE and citizenship, available from: www.bbc.co.uk/education − a series of short PSHE and citizenship clips (under ‘Healthy lifestyles’) produced for a young audience to stimulate thought and discussion.

Talking twin babies – part 1, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lih0Z2IbIUQ – a video clip that shows babies clearly communicating but not yet using words.

Teen self-esteem, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxsBxhwzw58%20– a video clip of teenage self-esteem and how to talk about self-esteem

A day in the life of a young carer, available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofFatYwBh-g – a video clip by Fixers UK on young carers.

Going blind: RNIB and sight loss advisers, available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkWDwjJO0_k – a video clip by RNIB on advice for sight loss.

Independent health care – careers for allied health professionals in the UK, available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFOwn_lzX2s – a video clip by the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations of careers for AHPs.

The worst scandal in the history of the NHS, available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XeYUlOp07Q – a video clip by Channel 4 News outlining the failings of a hospital in mid-Staffordshire to care properly for its patients – sparking a review of patient care within the NHS.

Chronic vs. acute disease in older adults, available from: www.study.com/academy/lesson/chronic-vs-acute-disease-in-older-adults.html useful video clip showing difference between chronic and acute ill health.

Health and hygiene problems that teenagers face when growing up, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9cHY6jrLes − a video of personal hygiene from Teen Health and Hygiene.

How air pollution is damaging our health, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoGCU8q7zFo – a video clip on pollution.

How to measure your own blood pressure, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSNZVaW1Wg4 – a video clip by the British Heart Foundation showing how to measure your blood pressure.

How to use a peak flow meter, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxBDfqPmaZU – a video clip by Asthma UK showing you how to use a peak flow meter correctly.

How to use a peak flow meter, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRTiytvuow – another video clip on how to use a peak flow meter and take a reading by Builth and Llanwrtyd Medical Practice.

Sedentary lifestyle can kill, available from: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18880989 – a video clip by the BBC on the dangers of an inactive lifestyle.

Some of your bits ain’t nice, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SXzauoMSM0 − animated video showing various aspects of personal hygiene; entertaining and relevant by Concord Media.

Teenagers are stinky, available from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXvzogNcKW0 − a short film about personal hygiene.

Understanding BMI results in adults, available from: www.nhs.uk/video/pages/understanding-bmi-results.aspx – a short video clip by NHS Choices on BMI in adults.

Key stage 5 - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma counts as 2 A Levels. Pupils will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction on each unit and then your overall grade for the 8 units will be calculated giving pupils a final result for the 2 A Levels.

This is a two year course where pupils will study 8 units over the full duration. 3 units are externally assessed consisting of 2 exams and 1 assessed research project.

In Year 1 pupils will study the following units:

Unit 1- Human Life Span Development (Exam)

Unit 2- Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)

Unit 4- Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care (Assessed research project)

Unit 7- Principles of Safe Practices in Health and Social Care (Assignment)

Unit 12 – Supporting individuals with additional needs (Assignment)

In Year 2 pupils will do 3 other coursework based units:

Unit 5- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – (Assignment)

Unit 8 – Promoting Public Health – (Assignment)

Unit 19 – Nutritional Health – (Assignment)


Homework tasks will be used to support the understanding of classwork as well as to complete work towards assignments.

Resources that will help pupils extend their knowledge


BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1. (2016) Publisher: Pearson

Author: Marilyn Billingham, Pamela Davenport, Hilary Talman, Nicola Matthews, Beryl Stretch, Elizabeth Haworth ISBN 9781292126012

BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 (2016) Publisher: Pearson

Author: Marilyn Billingham, Pamela Davenport, Hilary Talman, Nicola Matthews, Beryl Stretch, Elizabeth Haworth ISBN 9781292126029

BTEC National Health and Social Care Revision Workbook Publisher: Pearson Author: Georgina Shaw,James O'Leary,Elizabeth Haworth,Brenda Baker ISBN: 9781292230580

BTEC National Health and Social Care Revision Guide Publisher: Pearson Author: Brenda Baker,James O'Leary,Marie Whitehouse,Georgina Shaw ISBN: 9781292230443

BTEC National Level 3 Health and Social Care 3rd Edition Publisher: Hodder Education Author: Alison Hetherington, Elizabeth Rasheed, Linda Wyatt Book SBN: 9781471878596

The area of health and social care is constantly changing so watching the news every day is essential. Reading a quality newspaper every week e.g. The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent.

Useful Websites

Specification - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Health-and-Social-Care/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938027_BTEC_Nat_Dip_HSC_AG_Spec_Iss3C.pdf

The BBC: www.bbc.co.uk

The NHS: www.nhs.uk

www.telegraph.co.uk The Telegraph

www.bcodp.org.uk British Council of Disabled People

www.dh.gov.uk Department of Health

www.eoc.org.uk Equal Opportunities Commission

www.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk Sector Skills Council for Care and Development

www.skillsforhealth.org.uk Sector Skills Council for the UK Health Sector


SPIRITUAL EDUCATION in Health and Social Care allows pupils the opportunity to consider and discuss questions related to the meaning of life, the nature of humanity and the recognition of individual worth.

MORAL EDUCATION in Health and Social Care involves pupils recognising and understanding that values, attitudes and beliefs about what is right or wrong, good or bad, will differ in both individuals and communities. Such issues impact directly on day-to-day decisions individuals make in their lives both regarding themselves and their loved ones e.g. children, parents. Values such as compassion, integrity and justice are considered in relation to service users and service providers.

SOCIAL EDUCATION in Health and Social Care involves pupils developing their social skills as they work in pairs, small groups and whole class situations. It involves them understanding the impact of social, emotional and cultural factors on health and wellbeing, and how society influences people’s lives in many ways. Opportunities also exist to consider questions of group identity, belonging and behaviours which influence individuals across the life stages.

CULTURAL EDUCATION in Health and Social Care involves pupils considering the values, attitudes and roles that prevail in communities. They learn to develop tolerance and respect for those with different beliefs and customs to themselves and appreciate how important it is for individual rights to be upheld. Questions of parental responsibilities, personal relationships and the provision of relevant communal services are also considered.

Specific examples of Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Develop in Health and Social Care include:

  • Pupils learning about the importance of upholding service users’ rights and how these are protected by legislation such as the Equality Act
  • Pupils understanding factors that affect a healthy lifestyle and decision making about their health
  • Pupils learning about the importance of the care values and giving examples of how they are used (links to integrity, justice, trust, endurance etc.)
  • Pupils studying abuse and neglect
  • Pupils studying types of health and social care provision and how economic factors such as poverty can affect choices made and access


Mrs S Etheridge

Miss S Jafar

Mrs A Robinson

Miss B Hussain


We are committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.

We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

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