Department Aims:

BTEC Health and Social care is a starting point for anyone who is interested in how we develop throughout each life stage and factors that may have a positive or negative impact on our behaviour and development. You will also learn to appreciate the impact that diet and lifestyle can have on an individual’s health and well-being. During the course you will explore how to meet individual needs and the importance of effective communication within a health and social care setting.  All demonstrating how to achieve successful health care and social care for the public. Health and Social Care at Painsley Catholic College aims to examine the health of the nation and the impact internal and external factors can have on an individual’s health and well-being.

Curriculum Overview

In Years 9-11 students will achieve the BTEC L1/L2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care.  Areas to be explored are component 1 – Human Lifespan Development in Year 9, component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values in Year 10 and component 3 – Health and Wellbeing in Year 11.  Components 1 and 2 will be internally assessed by coursework. This accounts for 60% of the course marks.  Component 3 will be externally assessed – this is composed of a 2 hour set exam. This accounts for 40% of the course marks. This can be attempted a second time if unsuccessful at the first sitting. All will be graded at a Level 1 or 2 Pass, merit or distinction.

In year 12 the core areas will be explored such as development from birth to death. The roles and responsibilities of professionals and their professional conduct within their jobs. Person centred care and meeting individual care and support needs; and an understanding of specific physiological disorders. These units aim to offer information for the foundation of which health and social care stems from. Units 1 and 2 will be examined. Units 5 and 14 will be internally assessed by coursework. All will be graded at a L3 Pass, merit or distinction.

In year 13 the units become more applied and investigate specific areas of health and social care.  Including psychological perspectives and their influence on understanding the causes and treatments of illness. The implications of and desired public health and the application of research and its importance within future treatments and services provided. Unit 4 will be externally examined. Units 11, 7 and 8 will be internally examined by coursework. All will be graded at a L3 pass, merit or distinction.


Year 12 and Year 13: Ms A Dudley (Head of Department)

Year 9 and Year 11: Mrs L Rolfe

Year 10: Mrs Rolfe

Useful websites:

Extracurricular and trips include:

Year 9: Cadbury’s World

Year 10: Paediatric First Aid Certificate

Year 11: Real body exhibition / body world exhibition

Year 12: University visits

Year 13: Charity events (2021 Colour Obstacle Rush & MacMillan coffee morning)

Learning Journey

HSC Learning Journey

Curriculum Statement


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