Health and Social Care

 Curriculum Intent
 Curriculum Maps

Health & Social Care KS4

Health & Social Care KS5

Curriculum Journey





KS4: BTEC Tech award in Health and Social Care

Health and social care is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with demand for both health and social care employees continuously rising. In 2019/20, the adult social care sector contributed approximately £41.2 billion a year to the UK economy.

Social care employees, such as care assistants and social workers work with individuals to support them to be as independent as possible in their own homes, in care homes or nursing homes. Healthcare employees, such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and physiotherapists, work with individuals to enhance their quality of life by improving their health.

Approximately 3 million people are currently employed in the sector. In 2019, it was estimated that by 2035 approximately 2.17 million health and social care job vacancies will need to be filled.

Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this important sector.


KS5: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is an introduction to life and work in Health and Social Care, students can develop their understanding of the sector and see whether it’s an industry they’d like to progress into. The skills that they will develop over time will be:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme of learning. This will enable students to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.


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