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KS4 Health & Social Care

The course is made up of three components. Each is assessed by a practical task.

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development

The aim is to understand how we grow and develop throughout our lives. The component is internally assessed and is worth 30% of the course

During the component, you will:

  • Explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • Investigate how various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development
  • Discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making changes.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values

The aim is to get to know how the Health and Social Care sector works and the care values that lie at the core of it. The component is internally assessed and is worth 30% of the course.

During this component, you will:

  • Learn which health and social care services are available
  • Identify why people might need to use these services
  • Discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • Explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • Look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

Component 3 – Health and Well Being

The aim is to improve someone’s health and well- being. This component is externally assessed and is worth 40% of the course.

During the component, you will:

  • Learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people
  • Explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing
  • Identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • Assess an individual’s health
  • Create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • Reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.

Assessment Method:

Two practical tasks are set internally with the third task set by Edexcel.

Students achieve a grade for each component, which are allocated points. At the end of the course, we calculate the final grade by adding the points from each component, and matching this against the qualification grade point thresholds.

Students need to achieve at least a L1 Pass or above in the three components to achieve the qualification.