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Health & Social Care

KS4

BTEC LEVEL 1/2: Health and Social Care First Award
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage young learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

Why study BTEC Health and Social Care?
  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the health and social care sector, or in a related sector where knowledge of health and social care will be of use, such as early years.
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and skills in, the health and social care sector, e.g. the underpinning care values and an understanding of the different life stages that individuals go through. 
  • Studying BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. 
  • Health and Social Care gives students a wide range of skills; allowing the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge through written assignments as well as practical demonstrations.
  • Gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts. 
What will I study?
The qualification is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH), equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE. Learners must complete two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

How will I be assessed? 
There is a single tiered assessment covering grades A*–G to cater for students of all abilities. Students will complete one externally assessed unit (exam) and three internally assessed assignments. 
External assessed unit:        Human Lifespan Development (core unit) 25% of the qualification
Internally assessed units:     Health and Social Care Values (core unit)
                                  Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
                                  The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

What skills will I need?
To complete this course successfully over two years you will need you be: 
  • Team worker 
  • Self-manager 
  • Independent enquirer 
  • Creative thinker (able to think outside of the box) 
  • Reflective learner 
  • Effective participator