Skip to content ↓

Skegness Academy

Health and Social Care

BTEC First Award level 2 in Health and Social Care

Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development

In the autumn/winter term students will explore how people grow and develop throughout their lives and the factors that influence this. The areas of development covered include physical, intellectual, emotional and social. You will also see how life choices, the people we have relationships with and events affect how we grow and develop. The assessment for this unit is through an examination.

Unit 2 Health and Social Care Values

In the spring/summer term we consider the values that underpin good health and social care practice. These include maintaining confidentiality, treating individuals with dignity and respect, and safeguarding individuals to ensure physical and emotional safety whilst they are in a care setting. Assessment is through assignments.

Unit 3 Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

In the second year we consider the importance of communication in health and social care in order to develop positive relationships and share information with people using services. This unit looks at verbal and non-verbal communication and how they can be used effectively. You will also consider the barriers to communication and how these can be overcome. Assessment is through assignments

Unit 6 The Impact of Nutrition On health and Wellbeing

In the final unit we learn about the how our health is affected by the food we eat. This is an important aspect of health and social care as we need to understand the impact of diet on clients using services. We consider how dietary needs change over our lifespan. We explore the dietary needs of individuals from different cultures and religious beliefs as well as other factors that influence what we eat. Assessment is through assignments.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care

All units are assessed through assignments


Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

We explore the importance of communication in health and social care settings. We do this using role play and case studies to help us understand and improve our communication skills. Clients might feel sad, afraid, upset and anxious and so we need to be able to recognise this and respond appropriately. We look at different forms of communication including sign language and communication passports and then evaluate our own communication skills, linking this with theory.

Unit 2 Equality diversity and rights in Health and Social Care

In health and social care we have a huge responsibility to be aware of how to promote equality, diversity and rights for all service users. In this unit we look at the legislation and the impact these have on providing a respectful, dignified service to clients and other professionals who we work with. You will consider your own prejudices and recognise that you have the right to not be discriminated against.


Unit 4 Development through the life stages

This unit is all about understanding the way we change over time. We consider the effect of genetic, biological, and social factors that influence our lives. We investigate the major life events that affect people, looking at the effects of ageing and theories about it. We do this by researching a celebrity of your choice and comparing them to the expected patterns of development.

Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

It is important for any career in health and social care that you have a basic knowledge of where the organs are in the body and their function. We look in detail at three body systems and how they work together to ensure health. We also look at homeostasis and how the body maintains the same internal temperature etc. and how these change as energy is utilised during exercise.


Unit 3 Health safety and security in Health and social Care

Health and safety policies and procedures are taken very seriously in care settings. In this unit you will study the legislation that supports working practices. We will carry out risk assessments and you will learn how to deal with a variety of different situations that have the potential to cause harm to clients.

Unit 10 caring for children and young people

This unit explores the many reasons why children become looked after. We look at effective strategies for prevent abuse. We look at the signs that may lead to a suspicion that a child is being abused and the way this should be reported and recorded.  We then learn about how children and their families can be supported through the most difficult time of their lives.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

On successful completion of the Subsidiary Diploma you can then go on to study for the full diploma.


Unit 7 Sociological perspectives for Health and Social Care

This unit considers how sociologists help us to understand society and the causes of ill health amongst different social groups. We consider the reasons for these using different sociological perspectives.

Unit 8 Psychological perspectives for Health and Social Care

This unit is similar to unit seven but considers whether the mind and behaviour are linked. We look at a variety of different theoretical perspectives and consider the findings of their research. We then look at how these can be applied in health and social care settings


Unit 12 Public Health

This unit looks at the history of public health and current strategies that protect and improve the health of the population. They will consider the need to be aware of the implications of public health policy on services and those who use services. Learners will gain an understanding of current patterns of ill health and consider factors affecting health in the UK. They will also have the opportunity to consider different methods of promoting and protecting public health.

Unit 14 Physiological disorders

This builds on knowledge learned in unit 5.  We consider the causes of different illnesses, how they are diagnosed, then treated and the professionals who are involved in this process. Students have the opportunity to research two physiological disorders, from symptoms through to diagnosis and treatment, using case studies of friends and relatives.


Unit 21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care

This looks at nutrients from a scientific perspective and explains the role that food plays in social situations. We investigate the importance of nutrition and how it can cause risks to health. You will then carry out a study of the food intake of one individual, analyse it and design a plan to improve their health.

Unit 6 Personal and professional development

Throughout the year you will also be collating evidence for unit 6 and producing a portfolio that shows your personal development over the course. We will consider your skills and abilities at the start of the course and you will evaluate new skills and learning that takes place. This will include work experience reports and research you have carried out about the sector you have worked in.