The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector: • Human Lifespan Development: students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. • Working in Health and Social Care: students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs: students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines. Students can select one optional unit that covers: • Sociological Perspectives: students study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups. • Psychological Perspectives: students explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings. • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs: students explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs. • Physiological Disorders and their Care: students explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.
Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. If studied BTEC Health and Social Care at Level 2 a pass or above would be accepted.