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2 hour written exam (40%), verbal presentations, simulated scenarios and role play, reflective reports, written case studies and poster presentations.


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.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development (Coursework)

There are four distinct aspects to human growth and development; physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. These four aspects are closely related to each other, and a change in one can affect some, or all, of the other areas. This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values (Coursework)

This unit will enable you to understand the high standards expected in health and social services. You will investigate methods used to empower individual users of health and social care services to enable individuals to take control of their own care, and help them to ensure that their specific needs are met.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing (40% exam)

This unit explores some of the reasons why health-promotion activities are carried out, and the benefits of health-promotion work both for individuals and for the health and wellbeing of the nation as a whole. You will also explore the different forms of health-promotion activities that are used by health care workers. You will create materials for a health-promotion activity for a specified target group, related to the lifestyle choices people make.


Students should have a keen interest in developing an understanding in public health promotion, and ideally, a desire to pursue a career in a health or social care setting.

This is a vocational course so students should be self-motivated and have good time management skills as assessment is ongoing through a variety of methods across both years.


Future study: Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care, Level 3 BTEC Early years, A Level Sociology, A Level Psychology, Level 3 Health and Social Care Apprenticeships.


Nursing (adult, mental health, paediatric), Midwifery, Paramedic, Dietician, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Family Support Worker, Support Worker.

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