Why study Health and Social Care?
Do you like helping people? Do you like looking after or working with young children?  Would you like a career in a Nursery, Hospital or Day Centre? Or a career in Social Work? Then Health and Social Care is for you!

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the 21st century Health and Social Care industry. Current issues affecting the industry such as effective communication, meeting individual’s holistic needs, respecting individual rights, cultural diversity and much more will be studied.

Course overview
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC TECH’s motivate students, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

This course aims to give students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector today. It gives students a focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Key subject aims
The BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care gives students opportunities to: 

  • actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students 
  • understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations 
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors 
  • examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues. 

Examination Board: Edexcel 

Assessment Details: 

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care 

Component number 

Component title 



How assessed 

Human Lifespan Development 




Health and Social Care Services and Values 




Health and Wellbeing 



Synoptic External 

Knowledge and Understanding
The specification requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • the range of care needs of major client groups 
  • the types of services that meet client group needs and how they are developed and organised 
  • the ways in which people can obtain care services and the barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services 
  • the main work roles and skills of people providing health, social care and early years services 
  • the principles of care and values that underpin all care work with clients 
  • personal development and relationships 
  • the stages and pattern of human growth and development 
  • the different factors that can affect human growth and development 
  • the development of self-concept and different types of relationships 
  • major life changes and sources of support 

The specification requires students to plan and carry out tasks in which they: 

  • analyse issues and problems 
  • identify, gather and record relevant information and evidence 
  • analyse and evaluate evidence 
  • make reasoned judgements and present conclusions. 
  • Students will be assessed on their ability to: 
  • write legibly, with accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in order to make the meaning clear 
  • select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter 
  • organise relevant information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate. 

Post-16 courses and careers


Child Care  


Social Workers

Care Managers





Nutritional Therapist



This BTEC TECH will prepare you for any post-16 course, but specifically is leads well into the BTEC Level 3 Health & Social care course, which is the equivalent of 2 A Levels. The BTEC qualifications are the health and care industry’s recognised qualification which reflects the needs of employers, further and higher education representatives and professional organisations. Key stakeholders were consulted during the development of this qualification.


The BTEC Extended Certificate/Diploma in Health and Social Care prepares you to work in care and/or health related careers. This two-year course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding required for working in a caring environment and gives the opportunity for students to gain a nationally recognised level three vocationally specific qualification. In addition, the course provides the opportunity for progression to university to study professional courses such as nursing, midwifery, social work, residential care management, and housing and probation service.

This qualification is equivalent to two A level sand can be studied alongside another A level.

Special features
Work experience is highly beneficial in the study of health and social care and, while this is not compulsory, it is highly recommended. If you are unable to take part in work experience then you will be expected to visit one health, social care or early years setting. Guest speakers from these settings will be invited in to further enhance your understanding of current practice.

Entry Requirements:
Grade 5 in English & Grade 4 in Science (preferred) or Merit overall achieved in Level 2 BTEC Award/TECH Health & Social Care

Is the course for me?
If you enjoy working in a caring capacity with people and are interested in a career in health, social care or the public sector this course could be for you.

What do I study?

Units studies in Year 12:

Equivalent to 1 A Level - BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

58% External Assessment (Exam), 42% Internal Assessment (Coursework)

Human Lifespan Development – Exam
Working in Health & Social Care – Exam
Meeting individual Care & Support Needs – Internally assessed
One from the following - Internally assessed
Psychological Perspectives
Sociological Perspectives
Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
Physiological Disorders and their care

Units studies in Year 13:

Equivalent to 2 A Levels -  BTEC National Diploma in Health & Social Care

46% External Assessment (Exam), 54% Internal Assessment (Coursework)

Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care - Exam
Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care – Internally assessed
Promoting Public Health – Internally assessed
Nutritional Health – Internally assessed

What can I do next?
BTEC Level 3 qualifications earn you UCAS points, allowing you to progress to Degree. Students can go in to careers such as nursing, teaching, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy and many more.

  • Enter employment in the Health and Social Care Sector
  • Go to University and study for a wide range of courses including Psychology, Youth Work, Paramedics, Nursing or Midwifery
  • Internship or Apprenticeship in the Health or Health and Social Care Sector