Health and Social Care

BTEC TECH Award in Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care Tech Award is a pathway of vocational learning. It will prepare students for Post 16 alongside the traditional GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Learners who achieve level 2 at Key Stage 4 might consider a progression pathway to:

  • A levels in a range of subjects
  • Study of a vocational qualification at level 3
  • Apprentice pathway in an area of Health and Social Care

Learners are required to complete and achieve all components included in the qualification.

Component Title Assessed
1 Human Lifespan Development Internal
2 Human Lifespan Development Internal
3 Health and Wellbeing Synoptic external

Component 1

Component in brief: Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

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

Component 2

Component in brief: Learners study and practically explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.

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

Component 3

Component in brief: Learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

Summary of assessment
This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will be given a case study and will assess an individual’s health and wellbeing, drawing on their understanding of live events from Component 1. They will design a health and wellbeing improvement plan that draws on their knowledge of services and care values from Component 2.

A task worth 60 marks will be completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of three hours and must be arranged in the period timetabled by the exam board.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

Curriculum Content

Health and Social Care follows a Vocational pathway which allows pupils the opportunity to gain a broader understanding and knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector. It allows pupils to develop a range of personal skills and techniques through a selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life.

The subject also allows pupils to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care qualification. It can also support progression into a more specialised Level 3 Vocational or Academic course or into an Apprenticeship. The subject of Health and Social Care is made up of 4 units, 3 of which require coursework and 1 involves an externally set and marked exam.

Unit Headings

  • Core Unit: Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development – Externally assessed by a 1-hour examination.
  • Core Unit: Unit 2 Health and Social Care Values – Internally assessed by coursework.
  • Optional Unit: Unit 5 Promoting Health and Wellbeing – Internally assessed by coursework.
  • Optional Unit: Unit 6 The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Well-being – Internally assessed by coursework.

Unit Content

Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development – in this unit, pupils will:

  • Explore human growth and development across life stages.
  • Investigate factors that affect human growth and development and how they are inter-related.

Unit 2 Health and Social Care Values – in this unit, pupils will:

  • Explore the Care Values that underpin current practice in Health and Social Care.
  • Investigate ways of empowering individuals who use Health and Social Care.

Unit 5 Promoting Health and Wellbeing – in this unit, pupils will:

  • Explore the purpose, types and benefits of health promotion.
  • Investigate how health risks can be addressed through health promotion.

Unit 6 The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Well-being – in this unit, pupils will:

  • Explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced diets on the health and well-being of individuals.
  • Understand the specific nutritional needs and preferences of individuals.
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