Key Stage 4 Pathways

Health & Social Care (BTEC)

This BTEC qualification is an innovative approach to studying Health and Social Care and is the equivalent of one GCSE. We are looking for motivated, self-reliant and hardworking students who will benefit from a ‘hands on’ approach to the subject. Completing this qualification over a three-year period will enable students’ to gain a broad understanding of the subject area.

This course is suitable for students who prefer an approach based more on non-examined assessment rather than an entirely exam-based approach to learning. As a result, this requires students to commit to producing high quality work throughout the course and relies upon students taking ownership for their learning right from the start of the course.

What will I learn?

Students will study four Units in total over Years 9, 10 and 11 which will give them a good understanding of Health and Social Care related topics. Units are a combination of both compulsory Units specified by Edexcel, and optional Units chosen internally.

Human Lifespan Development – students will investigate the different stages in an individual’s life, the influences on people in each life stage and care needs at each stage. They will research different factors that can also affect growth and development such as: genetic inheritance, economic, environmental and lifestyle choice. (Non-examined assessment)

Health and Social Care Service and Values – students will look at the different health and social care services available within the NHS such as: primary, secondary and tertiary care and investigate the potential barriers to accessing these services. Students will research care values that underpin current practice in Health and Social Care. They will look at what is meant by care values and other terms such as inclusion, non-discriminatory practice, a duty of care and a person-centred approach. (Non-examined assessment)

Health and Wellbeing – students will investigate positive and negative factors that can an individual’s health and wellbeing e.g. illness, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and drug misuse. The students will record health measurements such as blood pressure, peak flow and BMI and interpret the data and the impact this has on health and wellbeing. Students will develop a health plan to meet individual health needs (Exam)


How will I be assessed?

75% is non-examined assessment and 25% is exam based. The non-examined assessment element of the qualification involves students completing a variety of different tasks related to the sector of Health and Social Care. All Units completed in this qualification contribute toward the students’ final grade. This means that the units covered in Years 9, 10 and 11 will all contribute to the final grade awarded at the end of Year 11.

What could my next steps be?

The qualification enables students to progress on to further study in Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care) delivered in our Sixth Form.

Ms Cromtpon (Lead Teacher for Health and Social Care) -