Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care is a social science. Health and Social Care enables students to develop a sound understanding of health and social care services, jobs and skills.  The courses themselves are designed to introduce the learning of academic topics, such as human lifespan development, and how life events and other factors can affect us; practical skills such as blood pressure taking, pulse and peak flows; research skills and appreciation of diversity. Transferable and employability skills are also embedded, including independence, resilience, care values, communication and interpersonal skills. Both the KS4 and KS5 courses include enhancing academic writing skills to produce coursework, as well as exam techniques. The courses complement other areas of the curriculum, as the students look at a vast range of topic areas that will engage and motivate their eagerness to learn more. 

At Weavers Academy, we offer NCFE (L1/2) HSC and BTEC (L3) HSC (Pearson).

Key Stage 4:  NCFE L1/2 in Health & Social Care

What does the course involve?

The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care is designed for learners who want an introduction to health and social care that includes a vocational and project-based element. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to pursue a career in the health and social care sector or progress onto further study. 

The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care complements GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds studying key stage 4 (KS4) curriculum who are interested in the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to match the rigour and challenge of GCSE study. The qualification is graded at level 1 pass/merit/distinction and level 2 pass/merit/distinction/distinction* (equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5 to 1).

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?

Health and Social Care is a social science that will help you into a multitude of different professions…This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of health, social care and early years.

After this course you can continue your studies in one of the following ways:

  • A degree qualification (or equivalent) in Health & Social Care. Ie Midwifery, Nursing etc
  • Working or training (such as an apprenticeship) in a specialised area within 
  • the health, social care and early years field.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit an exam at the end of the course that covers all of the studied units and also a piece of coursework set by the Exam board that also covers all of the knowledge and units studied during the course.

Key Stage 5: BTEC L3  Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

Exam Board: Pearson                   

Why study Health and Social Care?

If you’re interested in working with people or want to care for and help others this may be the course for you. Our BTEC course gives you the background knowledge and skills needed by anyone considering working with people.

You will:

  • learn through investigation
  • develop knowledge and understanding about health, social care and early years
  • complete practical work
  • learn about and understand the world you live in
  • be able to design a health plan
  • research occupations you may want to work in.

Where will Health and Social Care lead me post Sixth Form?

Health and Social Care is useful for a range of Social Sciences, Criminology, Police, Army, Arts and Healthcare related degrees including: Childhood Studies, Media Studies, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Sports Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech Therapy and Social Work. 

For more information, please contact Miss Pickering (Head of Social Sciences) on: