Health & Social Care

About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population therefore the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase.  The sector is important locally with Basildon University Hospital being one of the largest local employers. Our rationale is to provide a knowledge rich KS4 option choice, which prepares learners to progress to KS5 and beyond, and develops key transferable skills, relevant to both future study and careers in the sector.


Childrens Learning Play and Development

KS4 Option subject

This course is specifically designed to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the early years sector, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant.  gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector whilst supporting the child holistically. This course will give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within the early years sector.

Key Stage 4

The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is split into three components that the students will study over the two years of the course.  The first component allows learners the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives; from infancy to older adulthood, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life events like marriage, parenthood or the loss of a loved one.  The second component allows learners to be able to research health and social care services in their local community and look at how people access these services and any other support that is given in the local community.  Learners will then demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios. Both of these components are assessed through coursework. Finally learners will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health which will enable them to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve a person’s health and wellbeing.  The third component is assessed by a synoptic examination taken in year 11. 

Health and Social Learning Journey

KS4 Curriculum Map


Ms A. Marks - Department Leader of HSC/ Safeguarding Lead 6th form
Ms S. Weston - Director of Sixth Form


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