Head of Department

Miss L Horsley


Teaching Staff

Mrs J Woodhams


Key Stage 4

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

Exam board: Edexcel (1 GCSE)


This is an exciting course for learners who wish to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. This qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSE’s. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progressions options available to them.

Components of Work:

Component 1: Human lifespan development:

You will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events. This is an internally assessed component.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services & Values:

Learners study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values. This is an internally assessed component.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

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. This is an externally assessed component.

75% of the assessment takes the form of coursework.  25% of the course is assessed through an external exam.  Students also meet regularly with their teacher to discuss progress.

Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 3 National in Health and Social Care
Extended Certificate (360 GLH)

A broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels.

Unit 1 (90 GLH) Human Lifespan Development:

Learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. This is an externally assessed unit.


Unit 2 (120 GLH) Working in Health and Social Care:

Learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles ad responsibilities of workers and organisations. This is an externally assessed unit.


Unit 5 (90 GLH) Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs:

Learners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individual care and support needs which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.


Unit 10 (60 GLH) Sociological Perspectives:

Learners study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups.


Diploma (720 GLH)

This qualification has been designed to account for two-thirds of a two-year, full time study programme for learners who are intending to go onto further education study in a related sector. It supports access to a range of higher education courses if taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels

In addition to the units studied for the Extended Certificate, learners will also study the following:


Unit 4 (120 GLH) Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care:

Learners explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services. This is a externally assessed controlled assessment.


Unit 7 (90 GLH) Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care:

Learners explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings.


Unit 8 (90 GLH) Promoting Public Health:  

Learners explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.

Unit 14 (60 GLH) Physiological Disorders and their Care:

Learners explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision pf support for service users.

Last updated: September 2019

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