Health and Social Care

Our Rationale:

At St. Matthew’s Btec Health and Social Care will enable pupils to apply knowledge and skills in real life scenarios to create career success and develop employability skills such as: Organisation and working to deadlines, Teamwork, communication, leadership, initiative and problem solving, ability to learn and adapt. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Our Intent:

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

• Skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and

designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing

• Attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the

opportunity to practise applying them

• Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.

This qualification builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you are learning in your GCSEs, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.

What can the qualification lead to:

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that a learner can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

• A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects

• study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Health and Social Care, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in aspects of health or social care.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

• Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them achieve

• Study of health and social care post-16 through a technical certificate. Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in health or social care.

Some learners may wish to build on an interest in human growth and development but take it in a different direction (at either Level 2 or Level 3) by studying for qualifications in Early Years education.


Formal assessments are completed for unit 1 and 2, with PPE examinations for year 11 taking place in November. Teachers will also closely monitor progress through a variety of assessment methods. Homework is set in order to consolidate and extend in-class learning. Homework may be independent research, revision or written tasks.

Rewards and recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognised for excellence on the recognition and reward boards.