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BTEC/RSL - Health and Social Care




It is essential that you are prepared for the challenges of an in-depth and rigorous course. This course allows you an insight in the many roles available within health and social care. You will also gain an understanding the different influences on an individual’s development and how this relates to their care needs.

Prior to starting the course, you are expected to do the following before you start and hand in during your first week of lessons (or before if you would like feedback)


1.Make a leaflet of the history of the NHS.


  • what was healthcare like prior to NHS

  • when and why was it started

  • what do they do

  • what is the significance of the NHS

  • how is healthcare managed in other countries



2. Choose a professional from the following and create a fact file:

  • Doctor

  • Midwife

  • Paramedic

  • Nurse

  • Dietitian

  • Physiotherapist

  • Podiatrist

  • Osteopath

  • Care Worker

  • Social Worker

Include the following:

  • roles and responsibilities

  • entry requirements

  • skills & qualities needed for role

  • salary

  • who do they support



3. Over the last few weeks, a pandemic has been declared, what does this mean for our country and what pressure has it put upon the NHS?

Think about what staff have been affected and how are they supporting people, what equipment have they needed to keep themselves safe and who have the main frontline staff been?

Useful Websites Examining Board and course details:


Barbara’s whole story


Person centred care

Amanda RedmanResilience






Apart from the main textbook, there is a huge number of interesting books you can read (see images above)