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Health & Social Care BTEC

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is an ideal choice if you want to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, health promotion, occupational therapy or speech therapy.

The course covers a range of subjects including public health, effective communication in health, equality and diversity, rights, socialisation and the importance of nutrition for wellbeing.  You will also have an opportunity to study skills in communication, numeracy, literacy and IT and partake in a period of work experience in a Health or Social Care setting.


This Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

Students study a range of units throughout years 10 and 11.  In year 10, students will complete 2 units of the course which is internally assessed. These units are made up of coursework; each unit weighing 30% of the course.  In year 11, students will complete their exam unit which is externally assessed; Health and Wellbeing which is worth 40% of the course.  


During the course students will have the opportunity to complete a period of work experience, which then directly feeds into Unit 2, Health and Social Care Values.  Students are able to use their practical, first hand experience to write about the importance of care values within the setting they observed as well as in other fields.

In their second round of coursework, students will complete an in depth study for Unit 1, Human and Life Span Development where they will be required to write a detailed report exploring the lifespan of an individual and discussing the factors which have influenced the individuals life. Finally, Unit 3, which is the externally assessed unit. This unit will ask students to explore Health and Wellbeing.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Students value the practical aspect of work experience which is arranged for the end of September - whilst they are in Year 10 and they are encouraged to organise a second placement, in their own time, to draw upon and widen their experiences.  Students also benefit greatly from inviting guest speakers into lessons, to give practical, first hand experience of what it is like to work in various health and social care settings.  This year students have completed a role play workshop hosted by a Social Care worker and have listened to guest speakers who work in the Health and Social Care sector. 


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