Health and Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care

The BTEC subject is vocational. This means that it is designed to allow students to practice the skills that they will need in the workplace. These skills include technical ability, creativity, communication, team work, self-management and effective participation.

The course is based on a number of compulsory and optional units. These are mainly teacherassessed.

All Level 2 BTEC courses incorporate external assessment in a range of ways suitable to the course content.

Success is measured by the number of units passed at three different levels; Pass, Merit and Distinction. As a result the course can be tailored to meet the needs of all learners. The more able take more units and pass at higher levels, gaining higher GCSE grade equivalents.

Title of course: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

Who is it aimed at?

This qualification will be suitable for you if you wish to work with people or animals e.g. fire officer, child care, psychologist, veterinary nurse, social worker or teacher. Students can also access courses in Childcare, Nursing and Public Services.

These qualifications aim to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sector
  • develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations
  • develop your ability to work autonomously and effectively in a health and social care context
  • enable you to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of health and social care and demonstrate the skills needed to participate in real situations
  • encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that you will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training
  • encourage progression by developing skills, knowledge and understanding that you will need to enter employment
  • Promote interaction between employers, centres and yourself, by relating teaching and assessment to real settings.

Brief description of course content:

The course is equivalent to one GCSE. It is divided into four units, which will be studied over the course of year 10 and 11.

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health & Social Care Values
  • The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

There is some flexibility in this qualification, in that, if you do not finish the full qualification you may be able to achieve a Level 1 Award.

Progression Pathways:

Students who complete this course will be able to progress towards further courses in Health and Social care which may lead to the opportunity to pursue a career in this area. Future career paths can include social worker, hygienist, clinical support staff, occupational therapist, paramedic and speech therapist.