BTEC Health and social care aims to provide an introduction to study of the health and social care
sector. Through the study of this course you will gain an understanding of the health needs of people through each stage of their life and the factors that affect development. You will study the importance of communication in care activities and about the values involved in care. It is equivalent in size to one A level.
Why Study Health and Social Care?
BTEC courses use a combination of internal and external assessment styles to give students
confidence so that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of vocational assessments means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers. Students will gain vocational experience through work experience whilst studying for this qualification. So, if you can manage your time effectively, are a good communicator and enjoy group work as well as independent learning, then this course will allow you to develop skills relevant to
careers in health, social care and early years.
The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social
care sector. Students will study;
• Human Lifespan Development – External Assessment
• Working in Health and Social Care – External Assessment
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – Internal Assessment
Learners can select one optional unit that covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to
the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector. Optional units which are internally assessed include:
• Sociological Perspectives
• Psychological Perspectives
• Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
• Physiological Disorders and their Care.
Beyond Sixth Form
Health and Social Care is generally taken alongside 2 other related subjects, for example;
• A levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
• A levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education
Students should achieve at least a grade 5 in English Language and grade 4-4 in Science.