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BTEC Health & Social

Introduction to the Subject & Team

BTEC Health and Social Care comes under the Society department’s umbrella of subjects. The department is staffed by eight subject specialists. The leadership team consists of:

Sarah Wickham (swickham@ossettacademy.co.uk)

Curriculum Team Leader of Society

Hannah Deighton     
Teacher of level 2 and 3 BTEC Health and Social Care

Kathy Timmons  
Teacher of level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care and Sociology

Ruth Lodge
Teacher of level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care and Sociology

Charlotte Stead   
Teacher of level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care and Psychology

Health and Social Care is a popular choice at KS4 and 5 for students wishing to gain a more practical hands-on approach to learning. By the end of the course students can choose a more academic pathway and move towards college or university or if they so wish they can choose to move into their chosen vocation.

In addition to the core lessons, teachers are on hand to deliver support and guidance throughout the two years.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

In year 9 we offer an introduction to Health and Social Care. This is a well subscribed course and leads naturally onto the BTEC Health and Social course offered at KS4.  The course looks at what happens during pregnancy and follows the journey through to birth, examining the different careers that are covered here. Students learn through a variety of different teaching methods, including role play, presentation, group work and independent work. By the end of the course students have a greater understanding of the caring profession and the barriers that people face who use it.

Course Content at Key Stage 4

BTEC First Level 2 NQF

The two year course is split into four units that aim to give students an understanding of the key vocational skills and essential knowledge associated with Health and Social Care. The course is 75% internally assessed through on-going coursework and 25% externally assessed through a 1 hour written exam.

Unit 1 covers how people grow and develop throughout their lives in the ‘Human Lifespan Development’ unit. This involves looking at life events, such as marriage or employment and assessing the effects on individuals. It is essential to understand the care needs of individuals at different stages in their life when working in Health and Social Care.   This is an external unit which accounts for 25% of the course.

Unit 2 covers health and social care values. In this unit students will learn about the high standards that are expected in Health and Social Care, in order to safeguard the individuals who use the services. For example, the importance of non-discriminatory practise to ensure everybody within the students care feels valued and respected.

Unit 3 covers communication. Students will learn about different ways of communicating in Health and Social Care and will practise using and developing different communication skills in a practical assignment. These skills will be useful for students’ everyday lives and whatever career they decide to enter. In this unit, students will also investigate the difficulties some people experience in accessing health and social care, owing to barriers of communication. Students will learn how these can be overcome, so that people can access health and social care services.

Unit 4 covers nutrition. Here students will learn about the ‘The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing’. This will involve looking at factors that influence the foods we eat as well as looking at how food affects us. In this unit students will explore what is meant by a balanced diet and its effects on the body, such as raising immunity to infection and improving concentration. The knowledge and understanding students will gain in this unit is essential for a career in health and social care as it will help students support individuals to make the right choices to improve their health and wellbeing.

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

This course will provide students with a national vocationally specific qualification recognised by both employers and universities. Many of our former students have gone onto undertake degrees in nursing, teaching, social care, probation, psychology and criminology to name but a few, whilst some have moved into jobs as the course will prepare them for any future career in Health and Social Care or any related career that involves working with people.

Future careers/areas of interest may include: Social work, Midwifery, Health studies, Teaching, Paramedics, Childcare, Occupational therapist, Radiography, Youth Work, Psychology, Sociology, Social policy.

How Parents Can Support Learning

  • Be aware of the assessment deadlines that students will have been given at the beginning of the year. It is imperative that they met these or they will not be allowed to enter resubmissions to improve their work.
  • Ensure students have a set space to learn at home. Research shows that we can remember things better if we learn in the same space. Also encourage your child to get into a daily/weekly pattern with their homework, this will help them to ensure that they meet all their deadlines
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