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BTEC Technical Award Health and Social Care

What is Health & Social Care?

This course is designed for learners aged 14-16 who have an interest in health and social care and wish to develop skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. The course is structured into a series of internal assessments which are worth 60% of the final mark.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development
How do people grow and develop through their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this? Understanding these processes is essential knowledge and understanding for health and social care practitioners. This part of the course is taught through a variety of activities in lessons and assessed through 2 internally assessed assignments.

Component 2: Health and Social Care services and 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 part of the course is taught through a variety of activities in lessons and assessed through 2 internally assessed assignments which include some roleplay.

Component 3: Health and well-being
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.


  • Component 1 – Internally assessed
  • Component 2 – Internally assessed
  • Component 3 – The supervised, externally set assessment is carried out in a period maximum of three hours and must be arranged in an allocated time in May/June of Year 11. It is worth 40% of the final grade.

Transferrable Skills

Studying Health and Social Care enables students to develop many transferable skills including independent thinking, empathy, people skills, compassion and organisation.

Post 16 Courses and Routes to Employment

Students who have studied Health and Social Care go on to study courses at college, sixth forms and universities such as nursing, social work, teaching and health and social care to a higher level.

Possible Careers

Students who have studied Health and Social Care have access to a wide range of careers and employment opportunities such as nursing, psychiatry, teaching, research or social work.

Who do I need to see to find out more?

Talk to Mrs Chamberlain or Mrs Sampson

Options – BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care FAQs

It is all about life. It aims to provide knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the health and social care sector such as human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing. It aims to promote attitudes that are considered most important in health and social care, such as the care values.
It can be useful if you are interested in a career in a caring profession such as teaching, nursing or social care.
It is recognised in the same way as a GCSE. Many colleges offer Level 3 BTEC courses in Health and Social Care that can be studied at KS5.
BTEC courses are grade differently to GCSE courses. The highest grade that you can achieve is a Level 2 Distinction* and the lowest pass mark is a Level 1 Pass.
The course is structured to be continually assessed throughout the 2 years. There are 4 assessment tasks for Component 1 and 2. Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. There is one external assessment, Component 3, which students complete in year 11. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. This is a 2- hour assessment.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
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