Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care: BTEC Tech Award Level 2.

Curriculum Intent: learning the importance of promoting health and well-being, to develop caring and empathetic individuals.

An OSSMA Health and Social Care student:

  • Is aware of the life-stages all human being go through.
  • Can recognise factors that impact on and affect development.
  • Understands that life events can play a significant role in health, well-being and development.
  • Can advise on different types of support for people struggling with life events and circumstances.
  • Understands the role and function of different types of care.
  • Appreciates that there may be barriers to help and support.
  • Can identify the core values and apply them to real-life situations.
  • Understands how health and well-being can be maintained or threatened.
  • Can advise on how to plan for improved health and well-being.
  • Is able to apply this entire body of knowledge to specific case studies throughout the course.

Pupils who opt for this course study three components:

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development.

  • This is internally assessed by completing two pieces of coursework.
  • Pupils study this and complete this coursework in Year 10.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values.

  • This is internally assessed by completing two pieces of coursework.
  • Pupils study and complete the first piece of coursework, about services and barriers to accessing services, in Year 10.
  • The second piece, about care values, is completed in the Spring Term of Year 11.

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing.

  • This is externally assessed with an exam in January- February of Year 11.
  • All pupils prepare for this with specific guided learning in lessons and a mock exam before Christmas.

The structure of the course is as follows:

Year 10:

Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4
Component 1, Learning Aim AComponent 1, Learning Aim BComponent 2, Learning Aim AComponent 3
The theory is taught and coursework is completedTheory is taught and coursework is completed.Theory is taught and coursework completed.

Year 11

Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4
Component 3Component 3Component 2, Learning Aim B.
Theory is taught, mock examination is takenTheory is taught, external exam is takenTheory is taught and coursework completedRevision and resit of Component 3 if required.

A BTEC in Health and Social Care is a popular choice at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy and has a high success rate.

It provides a good introduction to all manner of related careers- such as nursing, midwifery, counselling, social work, and many more.

It also helps all pupils have a better understanding of how the health and social care sectors work, as we will all rely on them at some point in our lives. So far this year, these sectors have proved to be crucial to how society has survived the outbreak of Covid-19. This link to current affairs is something we will refer to in lessons to ensure that all pupils recognise the significance of these careers.

Many pupils go on to study the course at Level 3 at one of our local colleges, often moving on to work in this sector.