“You are as important to your health as it is to you.”
Health and Social Care is an optional course for students in Key Stage 4. The course includes four separate units all based on different aspects of health and social care to enable learners to gain a broad understanding of the health and social care sector. This includes the development of human beings through from conception through to death, as well as the factors that influence their lives.
The course is studied in a minimum of two years and students will start in Year 9. Students will access the subject for two hours each week to study the course.
What learners need to be successful
Every learner needs a positive attitude to learning, a pen and pencil.
Learners must be able to work hard and to meet deadlines. Learners should be self-motivated and able to act upon feedback given to improve their work. They must also be willing to participate in role-plays and presentations which will be filmed as part of their assessment in the course.
Learners will be expected to complete extend learning on a regular basis this may come in a range of forms including:
- Completion of work from lessons
- Research tasks
- Acting upon feedback to improve assignments
What pupils will learn
Key Stage 4
Throughout the course learners will develop skills in a range of areas including: explanation, assessment, evaluation, discussion, analysis and appraisal.
Unit 5 – Promoting Health and Wellbeing
This unit looks at the importance of health promotion and how it can be used to benefit the health and well-being of both individuals and the nation. It also looks at health risks related to unhealthy lifestyles as well as ways to manage the spread or incidence of disease. This unit is assessed through two assignments. During the second assignment, learners will have to give a PowerPoint presentation and this will be filmed.
Unit 6 – The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
This unit looks at the effects of balanced and unbalanced diets on the health and well-being of individuals. It will explore different nutrients and their role in the body. It will also look at the impact of over- and under-nutrition on the body. This unit is assessed through one assignment based on case studies.
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
This unit looks at how people grow and develop from birth through to death. It also looks at the factors that affect growth and development. It looks at a range of expected and unexpected life events and the effects that these have on us as individuals. This unit is assessed through an external exam of 60 minutes worth 50 marks.
Unit 2 – Health and Social Care Values
This unit looks at how health and social care should be delivered and how it can be used to support individual service users. You will also look at ways to empower service users so that everyone’s individual needs are met; this may be through adaptations to environments, activities or communication methods. This unit is assessed through two assignments. During the first assignment, learners will be filmed taking part in a role-play.
How pupils’ learning will be assessed
Learning is assessed in different ways. Throughout the course, regular formative assessment will be given so the pupils know what they can do to improve.
Learners will be provided with deadlines for assignments which will mean that they need to manage their time wisely to ensure that they meet that deadline. Learners will then be provided with summative feedback which will include confirmation of the assessment criteria they have met and therefore will give them an overall grade for that particular assignment.
Unit 1 has an externally assessed examination that all learners will sit in the summer term of their second year. Learners will sit a mock exam prior to the external examination; this will give an opportunity for feedback to be given to aid learners in their own revision planning. The three other units are assessed internally through assignments.
Unit 2 consists of assessment through two separate assignments which will include role play, reflective reports and the production of a guide for new volunteers at a care facility.
Units 5 and 6 are optional units and are chosen as they provide leaners with a broad understanding of different areas in health and social care. Unit 5 is assessed with two assignments and Unit 6 is assessed by one assignment. Both are internally assessed through presentations, reports, health promotion campaign materials and diet plans. This gives learners an opportunity to work in a range of different ways allowing for different learning styles.
Unit 1 is the externally assessed unit, which will be examined in the Summer Term exam series of the student’s second year of study. Therefore revision will be of vital importance from Easter until the examination has been completed. Learners will have the opportunity to revise in lessons and there will also be opportunities after school for them to ask any questions they wish or just for them to revise with support on hand if needed.
Learners are provided with a revision guide written by the subject coordinator which covers all aspects of the unit and provides opportunities for the learner to practise questions and define key terminology. This is a free resource.
There is also a revision guide and student workbook produced by Pearson which can be purchased from Pearson directly or from other online retailers:
BTEC First in Health and Social Care Revision Guide ISBN: 9781446909812
BTEC First in Health and Social Care Revision Workbook ISBN: 9781446909829
How parents can help with their child’s learning
Parents can support their children in their learning through encouragement of a positive attitude towards learning, helping them if possible with extended learning or encouraging them to complete this to the best of their ability. It isn’t necessary for parents to understand all of the work we cover; just showing an interest and giving encouragement is really effective.
They can also help support learners by allowing them or encouraging them to attend catch-up sessions or revision sessions when required.