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Plympton Academy

Health and Social Care



Level 2 - TECH Award

Why choose Health and Social Care at Plympton Academy?

• Care values are at the heart

• Students apply their learning to a real-life scenario

• The components build on each other so that your students grow in confidence

• Practical tasks rather than written exams

• There’s a world of opportunities open to BTEC students

How does the course work?

Our course at Plympton Academy is made up of three components: two coursework units and one controlled assessment.

Our three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge.

This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned.

Year 9

Human Lifespan Development

Internally assessed assignments

30% of the total course

Year 10

Explore Health and Social Care Services and Values

Internally assessed assignments Develop

30% of the total course

Year 11

Health and Wellbeing

Externally assessed task Apply

40% of the total course


Level 3 - Extended Certificate


What does this qualification cover at Plympton Academy?

Plympton Academy has incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

  • Human Lifespan Development

  • Working in Health and Social Care

  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

The option content of this qualification has been selected to incorporate understanding from the three mandatory units:

  • Physiological Disorders and their Care


What could this qualification lead to?

In recent years at Plympton Academy students have generally taken this course alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme at Post-16. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

• A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing

• A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

• a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in

Sports Studies and Development.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.