Social Sciences

Health & Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care (Mrs Rodrigues)

Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Award  in Health and Social Care  

(This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE  grades 1-9)

This is an excellent course for pupils who wish to go into careers that include Nursing, Primary Teaching, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Mental Health care.

The course focuses on key knowledge and skills that underpin working in  the Health and Social Care sector. There are three components:

  • Component 1 - Human Development across our life stages this component looks at how we grow and develop across our lives, the factors that affect this and an assessment of the impact of these factors.  (Internally assessed coursework) (30 %)
  • Component 2 – Health and Social Care Values – this component looks how the Health and Social Care Sector works and the care values that under pin it (Internally assessed coursework) (30%)
  • Component 3  -  Health and Wellbeing – this looks at the factors that affect our health and well being. Students are also required to assess an individual’s health and wellbeing and use this assessment to create and evaluate a health and wellbeing improvement plan. (Externally assessed examination) (40 %)

             This course does not focus on looking after children.

This is a demanding course that is  60% coursework and, as such, carries a heavy work load associated with the continuous assessment of coursework. Deadlines are tight and as a result the course moves with pace and rigour.

This course can be taken as either a single or double option:

The single option takes up one option choice is for pupils who have GCSE targets of grades 4-9.

The double option takes up 2 option choices and is for pupils with GCSE target grades of 3-1.This option gives pupils the time and support that will reinforce their understanding and enable them to not only successfully achieve the Level 1 grades (3-1) but, where appropriate, enable students to achieve Level 2 grades of 4/5.This course will also support students to be successful in their other studies as it provides transferrable skills of research, time management and independence.

For both courses, pupils need to be motivated and develop excellent time management skills whilst working independently for extended periods of time in lessons on computers.



Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, which uses research-based evidence to explain our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. At all levels, students need to develop science skills in order to understand the methodology and analysis of data.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Psychology is offered as a three-year GCSE beginning in Year 9. The GCSE specification is currently being changed. It is expected that the course will culminate in two exams in the summer of Year 11, and that the papers will not necessarily be equally weighted. There will be no coursework.

In Year 9, students learn what Psychology is and how to design, conduct, analyse and evaluate psychological research. Students will also conduct their own mini-investigations.

The content of Years 10 and 11 depends on the new specifications. However, it is expected that students may learn topics such as:

  • Development – how did you develop?
  • Memory – how does your memory work?
  • Psychological problems – how would psychological problems affect you?
  • The brain and neuropsychology – how does your brain affect you?
  • Social influence – how do others affect you?
  • Criminal psychology – why do people become criminals?
  • Sleep and dreaming – why do you need to sleep and dream?

Key Stage 5

Within A-Level Psychology, students will learn how to describe, apply, analyse and evaluate psychological theories, processes and research.

  • Unit 1: Introductory Topics - Students will learn the topics of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
  • Unit 2: Psychology in Context - Students will gain an appreciation of Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, how psychogical research is conducted and how results are analysed.
  • Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology - Students will study Issues and Debates within Psychology, and then three topics from a range of options including: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.
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