Curriculum Specification -
Years 10 & 11 Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 1 / 2 Health and Social Care Tech Award

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors,
pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include
care assistants, occupational 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 a practical introduction to life and work in Health and Social Care. Students can develop their understanding of the sector and see whether it is an industry they would like to be in. Students gain practical, transferable skills giving them the confidence to progress in whatever path they choose. As it provides a well-rounded foundation for further study, the BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care gives students the opportunity to apply academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts, giving them a great starting point for academic or vocational study post-16, as well as preparing them for future employment.

Course overview

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Care Values

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

  • Internal assessment (coursework)
  • Worth 30% of overall grade
  • Topics covered include: life stages and areas of development, factors that affect development, life events, support
  • Coursework task: interview individuals, writing reports.
  • Internal assessment (coursework)
  • Worth 30% of overall grade
  • Topics covered include: types of services, barriers to services, care values, reviewing practice
  • Coursework task: report based on case studies, role play activities.
  • External assessment (Exam)
  • Worth 40% of overall grade
  • This is a synoptic exam. This means that it draws on previous knowledge from component 1 and 2, as well as additional topics.
  • Topics covered include: factors that affect health and wellbeing, interpreting health indicators, person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plans
  • This will be taught from May half term 2021 until the first exam in February 2022.
  • There will be an opportunity to resit the exam in May 2022, where the best result would stand.

Grades are awarded as follows:
Level 1 Pass - Equivalent-Equivalent to a GCSE 1
Level 1 Merit - Equivalent to a GCSE 2
Level 1 Distinction - Equivalent to a GCSE 3
Level 2 Pass - Equivalent to a GCSE 4
Level 2 Merit - Equivalent to a GCSE 5
Level 2 Distinction - Equivalent to a GCSE 7
Level 2 Distinction*- Equivalent to a GCSE 8/9

The BTEC Tech award is the equivalent to a GCSE qualification and is recognised by colleges and further education providers.

Recommended Equipment

Revision Guide available from the school shop.
Access to a PC at home (desktop or laptop), with a good internet connection and the ability to download software.
USB stick (costs range from £5 upwards).

Health and Social Care is only available as an option to those students who are already studying it in Year 9. Excellent written English skills are vital for success in this course due to the nature of assessment, alongside organisational and time management skills.

Enquiries to:

Mrs Hardaker - Learning Leader: Health and Social Care