Health and Social Care

If you are interested in caring for people as a career, then Health and Social Care be for you. You will find out about all the aspects of healthcare that enable you to progress to the Level 3 qualification or to an apprenticeship with a healthcare provider such as the NHS. Find out about the food we should eat and the lifestyles we should lead to be healthy, as well as diseases that cause people to be unhealthy, and how these are treated. How to care for poorly, very young or elderly people; what their rights are, and about all the organisations and careers that are open to healthcare workers. There are two exams, lots of assignments and a work placement.

Awarding Body

Available As

Ext CertL2

What will I study?

The following units form the academic part of the course:

Human Lifespan Development

Health and Social Care Values

Effective Communication

Healthy Living

Social Influences

Equality & Diversity

Creative & Therapeutic Activities

In addition to the units above, students spend a significant amount of time working towards improving their emplyability skills, by undertaking work placements and completing a National Citizenship Service course, including leadership and teamwork skills, project work and a residential field course (

How will I learn?

Each unit will contain taught material which is discussed and learnt in lectures in the classroom environment.  Students will need to take responsibility for preparing adequately for these lessons, and to follow up with consolidation in notes and answering questions.  Following preparation students will be given assignments (for internally assessed units) which should be completed in your own time, with guidance and support in your timetabled lessons.  Assignments may be longer written pieces of work, or may take the form of presentations.  Students will improve their skills at working independently as well as in teams / groups.  Deadlines are an important feature of BTEC assessment, and students will learn to manage their time, showing resilience and submitting work punctually.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.

External Assessment

External assessments (exams) for the following units;

Unit 1—Human Lifespan Development

Unit 9 - Healthy Living

Internally-assessed units

Most units in the qualification are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.

Internal assessment are based upon coursework and are normally set by your class lecturer.

Work Experience

There is a requirement that you undertake work experience.You will be asked to try and arrange this yourself, and you will be provided with one day each week when you have no activities in college so that you can do your placement.This can be in any care setting, such as a residential care home, but excludes nurseries.You will be expected to do approximately 6 hours of work experience per week of the course, which will have to be logged and signed off by a supervisor.

National Citizen Service

This will include a programme of 11 days in Autumn, involving activities in college, a short residential activity trip, and a social action project.  Attendance is a key part of the course.

Are there any trips on this course?

The NCS aspect of the course enables students to partcipate in three 'phases' of personal development:

1. Adventure (4 days / 3 nights residential):

Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you'll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home.

The best part? You'll find yourself in a group of 12-15 incredible people you've never met before – people who will change your life and whose lives you'll change.

In your team, you'll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. Even if you're the biggest scaredy-cat, you'll be a rock climbin', zip wirin', canoe-conquerin' machine in no time!

2. Discovery (4 days at college):

You'll be reunited with your group in a uni-style environment where you’ll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.

You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community.

Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you've got a hidden (or not so hidden) passion for photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

3. Social Action (approx 1 day community project):

It's time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you're ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project. Plan; fundraise; make a difference!

You and your team have the power to change the world around you. Whether you're a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference, have some amazing stories to tell, and be part of something you'll never forget!

Are there any extra costs?

Mandatory Costs (paid at the start of the year):

£7 for course booklets

DBS for work experience £44

Uniform for work experience; personalised t shirt £16 OR personalised tunic £20

NCS £35 (tbc)

Optional Costs:

Revision workbook for examined units £6

Revision guide for examined units £6

Are there any specific entry requirements?

·       Mainly grade 3s at GCSE

·       NVQ level 1 or First Diploma

.       you should be well organised and willing to work hard to meet deadlines.

or you are:

·       Pre 16

·       Home or Steiner educated

What enrichment activities are offered?

NCS (see 'trips') and 'Work Experience'

We have also run -team-building' trips, for example to 'Go Ape'

What work experience opportunities are there?

Work experience is a compulsory part of the course and you will be given one day per week without lectures to accommodate this.  Students are expected to make their own arrangements for placements, which may be in hospitals, care homes, or other care settings.  A nursery or creche is not appropriate as a work placement setting for HSC.  Students will be expected to log hours and reflect on their experiences, completing a unit of study relating to their placement and skills.

Careers Information


Do I need a uniform?

Students are expected to wear either a personalised T shirt or tunic to their work experience placements (see 'course costs')

Can I study A Levels with this course?

This qualification will take up most of the timetable.  One day per week will be free for work experience.  If you haven't achieved a GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths, these subjects will also be part of your timetable.