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Hungerhill School

Health and Social Care

Health and social care is the UK’s largest employment sector, and the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of health care and social care within our communities. Our aim is to inspire the health and social care sector workforce of the future whilst working with our young people. Within our health and social care department, we aim to develop caring and compassionate individuals who develop a passion and desire to work within this expanding industry. Health and social care is a large and growing sector within the British economy with approximately 3 million people employed  - equivalent to 1 in every 10 people - meaning its currency as a subject to be delivered to pupils at KS4 is high. Due to our ageing and growing population, demand for services continues to rise, with health and social care services playing a key role in today’s society. 

Our health and social care curriculum follows the BTEC Tech Award and gives our students the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, as well as factors that may affect this such as life-changing events like divorce, bereavement or parenthood. Students will also study and assess how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to help them. Health and social care equips our students to discover the impact of positive and negative human development and how to critically analyse the ways in which these factors affect our day to day lives. Our students can explore academically and practically areas that influence how we all develop throughout our life span, and in turn raise expectations of our own lives and how we can live in a successful and healthy way. 

Our curriculum will: 

Develop the character of all students 

All pupils are nurtured through their journey to develop the needed knowledge and understanding to gain a BTEC Tech Award qualification. Not only will they become knowledgeable in the subject of health and social care, but they will develop sought after softer skills. Through their study of health and social care, they will become resilient, independent learners; developing empathy, supporting others and developing the use of their own initiative to solve problems and plan activities. They will grow into well-rounded individuals, who have a holistic understanding of growth and development of individuals through the life stages, as students study component 1.  

Health and social care promotes opportunities for students to draw from real life experiences, case studies and opportunities to undertake research to compliment learning and create skills that will be used throughout their lives. These skills encourage students to think outside typical ‘adolescent mindset’ and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world we live in. Furthermore, highlighting how human relationships, physical environments and socioeconomic status may influence how they and others develop. 

Ensure all students are literate and numerate 

Our students read a variety of texts in their ‘weekly diet’ of health and social care – through given case studies, health-based research or their own qualitative research - allowing them to immerse themselves in the professional language used within the sector.  Our students are encouraged to adopt the language of a health care assistant when creating a health improvement plan for their client in component 3 for example. A BTEC qualification includes four written extended assignments – where students can apply their knowledge and research to a given task. Our students apply their numeracy skills through investigating measures of health – for example when calculating body mass index for a client and interpreting given data on a BMI chart.  

Build knowledge and aspirations of all students 

We use a knowledge-rich curriculum to allow students to thrive through igniting curiosity of the health and social care sector and the roles within it.  The high expectations set out across the department inspires students to rise to the challenge and aspire towards excellence. We have fostered a highly ambitious classroom environment and an ethos where students want to achieve the very best they can.  

Ensure all students have the secure foundations to progress into further education and employment 

We aim to allow students to explore possible careers options within class, as well as develop key health and social care sector employability skills such as effective communication, caring and empathy, as well as promoting fundamental values of care. 

We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious health and social care curriculum. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding by applying their learning skills in a work-related context. Students are supported and encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and develop skills that are essential for the modern- day workplace. The students will experience working to deadlines; working from a prescribed brief; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. 

Our students gain an awareness of the Care Values within the sector and how they can support high-quality care when working with clients to improve outcomes. These are transferable skills that students will adhere to throughout their working lives and when working alongside others and within their families. Through reflective practice of their own actions and performance we intend to instil values in students that will encourage them to become well-rounded individuals in society with the confidence to achieve career aspirations and to create, thoughtful and caring individuals who will in turn, pass these values on in the future.  

We have a successful history of giving our students the qualifications they need to become successful in jobs in the health and social care sector such as teaching, social work, nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and many more.  The majority of our students progress onto level 3 study with a view to working within this sector. 

Develop cultural capital of all students 

Within health and social care, there are many opportunities to explore SMSC topics and build our students’ cultural capital. Students become confident and are equipped with the skills to be able to manage their emotions as they move through adolescence, dealing with the life events, challenges and opportunities they face for their own health and well-being as well as preparing them for life outside of education and inspiring them to make a difference.  

Miss A Mack
 Curriculum Leader

Technical Award Health and Social Care KS4

Exam Board:



Pearson BTEC Level 1  / 2 Tech Award in Health & Social Care


Controlled assessment 60%

Examination 40%

Outline of course content:

This course is suitable for those who are interested in understanding how health and social care works. You will gain an understanding of health, social, and early years care within our society and have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a practical and realistic manner with a view to a career in health and social care. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.


The Tech Award in Health and Social Care will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of:

  • The stages and patterns of human growth and development
  • Expected development at each life stage
  • Life events
  • Sources of support/services for life events
  • Health and social care services
  • Essential values of care
  • Roles of professionals from the sectors who are involved in supporting life events
  • Definitions of health and well-being
  • Factors influencing health and well-being

Outline of course structure:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan DevelopmentInternally assessed assignments (30% of qualification)

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? This unit will provide you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will also discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making decisions. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated and assess the development of a celebrity of your choice.


Unit 2: Health & Social Care Services and Values - Internally assessed assignments (30% of qualification)

What are care values and why are they at the core of our health and social care services? In this unit you will learn which health and social care services are available. You will identify why people might need to use

these services and discover who is involved in providing these services. You will be able to explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need. Finally, you will uncover the care values those who work in health and social care employ to make sure people get the care and protection they need.


Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing - Externally assessed task (40% of qualification)

Here you will learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people and will be given the chance to explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing. You will also carry out practical assessment of health using a variety of health measures equipment. You will be tasked with creating a series of health improvement plans for individuals.


What skills will I develop?

You will learn and use a variety of skills in the course that are in great demand and highly valued by employers and colleges. These include using data, communicating findings and developing links between different parts of the subject. What’s more, the practical transferable skills you will master during your studies such as     self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support your progress in the present and the future.


How will this course help me in the future?

With a BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care, students are able to explore, challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can see whether the industry is one they’d like to be in, where they could go, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their next steps.  The health and social care sector is one of the fastest growing areas in terms of job opportunities. There are good progression routes to higher level courses at 16+ either at sixth form or college.  The course can lead to employment in the health and social care sector, e.g. physiotherapy, nursing, nursery and pre-school assistant, teaching, social work and care work. The Tech Award in Health and Social Care will give you the background knowledge and develop the skills needed by anybody considering working with people in these or similar contexts.



Careers using Health & Social Care

Health and Social care includes a range of jobs caring for a range of people such as the elderly, children, and those with special needs. Care is often provided to people experiencing problems with their health.
A Health and Social Care qualification is often a starting point for those wanting to undertake the following roles. Please remember that some of the careers below require applicants to gain further qualifications and specialist training. The Level 2 qualification available in Years 10 and 11 is often a starting point for further training.
Nursing: This can include specialisms in adult, children, and mental health.  It may also include specialisms in health visitor and midwifery. Career development to work in theatre nurse, A&E, and community work is also possible.
Ambulance Service: Depending on your qualifications and experience, roles with the ambulance service include ambulance care assistant, emergency care assistant, and paramedic.
Health Care Assistant: Residential and nursing homes provide opportunities for those interested in working with the elderly.  These roles often include providing general personal and social care to ensure residents are looked after. This can include bathing, cleaning, feeding residents as well as arranging social activities.
Support worker: Individual care is often provided to people with various needs. This can include the elderly, those with special educational needs, physical disabilities, health problems, and additional learning needs. This can be provided by Local Authorities, schools, charities, or paid for by an individual.
Dental work: Dental nurses and support staff work within a dental practice to assist the dentist.


Lots of sixth forms and colleges offer Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Health and Social Care. There is also a Level 3 BTEC Award which is the step-on course to the BTEC Tech Award that we study at Hungerhill School. These are equivalent to three A-Levels. Level 3 subsidiary (equivalent to 1 A-Level) and diplomas (equivalent to two A-Levels) are also available. Both of these may be combined with A-Level subjects to create a full time timetable.  It is also possible to enter an apprenticeship or employment opportunity where NVQ Level 3 training in HSC or Care training will be available.


A Level 3 qualification in HSC can be used to meet the entry requirements for many Higher Education courses, such as nursing, midwifery, and paramedic training