HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE                                                                      

What is BTEC Health & Social Care all about?

Health and Social Care will help you to develop an understanding of the way in which individuals grow and develop throughout the course of the lifespan. Studying the subject equips young people with the knowledge and skills that create a basis for a career or further study in the health and social care sector.

The course

We follow the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care specification. This specification consists of 4 units;

  • Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development: How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development?
  • Unit 2 Health and Social Care Values: What is good practice in health and social care? What ensures that good practice is applied to support individuals who use health and social care services?
  • Unit 3 Effective Communication in Health and Social Care: Communication skills are vital for those who choose to work in health and social care. Clear communication is important to enable service users to understand and agree to the care they are receiving. Good communication between care professionals allows them to perform their roles effectively.
  • Unit 6 The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing: Have you considered the effects of what you eat on your health and wellbeing? This unit provides you with some answers and extends your understanding of how important a balanced diet is to your health.



Unit 1 is assessed by external examination which is taken in the January of Year 10. Units 2, 3 and 6 require students to produce internally assessed portfolios based around a given assignment brief. 

What could I do next with GCSE Health and Social Care?

Many students go on to study Health and Social Care at A level followed by further study at university and enter professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching or physiotherapy. There are many career opportunities for Health and Social Care students working in the health or social care sectors or using the transferable skills they have gained in unrelated areas.


Students are advised to complete their Year 10 work experience placement in a health and social care setting to support their learning, and provide first-hand experience of working in a relevant setting.

For more information see Ms Heyes.