Health & Social Care

Department Information

Year 10 and 11 (Two Year Course)

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

The BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care can help students take their first steps towards a career caring for people and communities. Students will learn the essential skills needed to support people with a wide range of needs, from babies and toddlers to adults and the elderly.

Students will complete 4 Units of Work to achieve the Btec Award.

3 Units of work are assessed through practical and written work completed in school and 1 Unit is assessed by an external exam.

Year 10

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development

This Unit is focused on Human Lifespan Development and considers:

How do people grow and develop throughout their lives?

How can factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect growth and development?

This understanding is required for a wide range of health and social care roles including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians.

Assessment is by a 1hour external exam which can be taken in January and/or May.


Unit 2 – Value in Health and Social Care

In this Unit, students begin to develop an understanding of how care values are applied in health and social care settings and their importance to work within the care sector. Students will develop skills that will be of use in all careers in the health and social care sector.

Assessment tasks will involve participating in role play activities and writing reflective reports.


Year 11

Unit 3 – Effective Communication In Health and Social Care

This unit allows students to investigate the different forms of communication and how they are used effectively in health and social care. Students will look at the importance of using clear speech, body language and active listening skills. This unit will also provide information about alternative forms of communication such as Braille, British Sign Language and Makaton.

This unit 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.

Assessment tasks will involve participating in role plays, in both one-to-one and group interactions and producing an information pack and reports to support effective communication in different care settings.


Unit 5 Promoting Health and Wellbeing

This unit explores some of the reasons why health-promotion activities are carried out, and the benefits of health-promotion work both for individuals and for the health and wellbeing of the nation as a whole. Students will investigate the different forms of health-promotion activities that are used by health care workers.

Health-promotion activities are an important part of a number of roles in the health and social care sector, including health visitors, midwives, school nurses and GP practice nurses. Researching a selected health risk and designing related materials for a health-promotion activity will give students a valuable insight into this important aspect of health and social care work.

Assessment tasks will involve researching an area of health risk and creating materials for a health-promotion activity for a specified target group.


Some students will have the opportunity to re sit the external exam in January and/or May of Year 11.


Departmental Staff



There are no clubs offered by the department, however, students are always welcome to arrange after school sessions to support their assignments and examination preparation.


Support Your Child – Useful links and advice:

Exam Board

Useful Websites

The Featherstone Academy