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Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health & Social Care

Course Overview

This course is a two year option in Key Stage 4 and follows the BTEC level 1/2 Tech award specification from the Pearson Edexcel awarding body.

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, whilst social care roles include care assistants, therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

This course is broadly aimed at students who have an interest in health and social care services and how they operate, who may wish to work in the early years, health or social care sectors or who enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their life and current and future experiences. However, much of the subject matter is of value to anyone interested in a career dealing with people, as it provides opportunities to develop essential skills and techniques, attitudes and personal qualities.

This course aims to:

  • Introduce the students to the health and social care sectors.
  • Develop an understanding of service providers and the care values promoted within the health and social care sectors
  • Give an understanding of the impact that a range of factors can have on the health and well being of an individual.
  • To encourage a classroom culture in line with care values by emphasising the importance of respect, support for others, raising confidence and self esteem and understanding rights and responsibilities and promoting anti-discriminatory behaviour.

The course consists of three specialist compulsory components

Component 1: 

  • Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it
  • Investigate how individuals deal with life events.

Component  2: 

  • Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them
  • Demonstrate care values and review own practice.

Component 3:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors that affect health and wellbeing
  • AO2: Interpret health indicators
  • AO3: Design a person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plan
  • AO4: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to overcome obstacles relating to health and wellbeing improvement plans
  • To enable the students to understand the various aspects of the course they are given, where possible, the opportunity to visit and have speakers from local care providers and participate in care sector related events.

A BTEC qualification is awarded upon satisfactory completion of four coursework assignments which are internally marked and then verified  plus a final 2 hour examination. Students may attain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * grade at either level 1 (Grade 3 equivalent) or Level 2 (Grade 4-8 approx)

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Head of Department Mrs B Gwyther