Health and Social Care

Important: Health and Social Care is not an available A Level for September 2020.  

Health and Social Care recognises the importance of a 5 in English, this is because a large portion of the course is assessed via coursework which requires a strong written ability. It is not an essential requirement to have completed the BTEC Tech in Year 11 to start this course.

You will have 9 one-hour lessons across a fortnight with two specialist teachers. We advise that you allocate at least one hour of Private Study to Health and Social Care and engage in at least five hours of independent learning for Health and Social Care each week.

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Topics include:

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4 – Enquiries into Research
  • Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Unit 7 – Principles of Safe Practice
  • Unit 8 – Promoting Public Health
  • Unit 10 – Sociological Perspectives
  • Unit 14 – Physiological Disorders

Extended Certificate students will complete unit 1, 2, 5 and 14 with Diploma students completing all units.

Suggested textbooks:

  • BTEC National Student Book 1 (ISBN: 978-1292126012)
  • BTEC National Revision Guide (ISBN: 978-1292230443)

To prepare you for Year 12 Health and Social Care you may wish to:

  • Start looking or pursuing for voluntary placements in the Health and Social Care sector so that you can apply your understanding and skills to both your learning and your practice.
  • Read about current affairs within the news around the NHS and Health and Social Care sector. A good place to start is the department Twitter account (@HBKSocSci).
  • Research into local Health and Social Care providers in the area – What services do they provide? How does this benefit service users?
  • Research into the impact of pollution and/or bereavement on an individual living in Cambridge. How do these factors impact their growth and development?