BTEC First Award – Health & Social Care

Subject Overview

BTEC H&SC give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector. This includes:

  • a more focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units
  • the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques,
  • studying a selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1/level 2 health and social care qualification
  • supporting progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

Course content

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and how people deal differently with life events. This will be assessed through coursework.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

Learners study and practically explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values. This will be assessed through coursework.

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 will be assessed through an external assessment.

Exams and Assessment

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH).  It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete all the units.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

Why choose BTEC Health and Social Care?

Some of the career paths that studying this course can lead to are:

  • Alternative therapies
  • Teaching
  • Nutritional Therapist
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Health Visitor
  • Social Work
  • Care Work
  • Nursery Teacher
  • Probation Work
  • Key Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Midwife
  • Physiotherapist
  • Health Promotion
  • Charity Work
  • and many more

Having completed this course many students follow-on to Level 3 of the Health & Social Care course.

Work Experience

It is recommended that students who choose Health and Social Care look for Year 10 Work Experience placements within a health and social care setting. Your teacher will provide a list of suitable placement settings at the beginning of Year 10.