Curriculum Intent

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. BTEC courses 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. BTEC courses motivate students, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace. 

Within this course we intend to

  • Develop key skills in health and social care such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health
  • Develop knowledge of the processes that underpins effective ways of working in health and social care, such as designing a plan to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing
  • Develop awareness of the care values and how to use them to empower a service user and to practice applying them 
  • Understand human development across the life stages and categorise development into 4 areas (PIES)
  • Understand how factors can affect our development
  • To gain knowledge of Health and Social Care services and the support they offer
  • To support the teaching of SMSC


Programmes of Study

The Pearson Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a level 2 qualification and is graded Level 1 Pass, Level 1 Merit, Level 1 Distinction, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction and Level 2 Distinction*.

The course consists of three units
Component 1 – Human Lifespan development (internally assessed)

  • Learning aim A - Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it
  • Learning Aim B - Investigate how individuals deal with life events.

Component 2 - Health and Social Care Services and Values (internally assessed)

  • Learning Aim A - Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them
  • Learning Aim B - Demonstrate care values and review own practice. 

Component 3 – Health & Wellbeing (externally assessed)
Within this unit students will be assessed on the following objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors that affect health and wellbeing
  • Interpret health indicators
  • Design a person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plan
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to overcome obstacles relating to health and wellbeing improvement plans

Marking and Assessment

All assessments will be marked in accordance with the criteria set by Pearson.


This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Students will be given a case study and will assess an individual’s health and wellbeing, drawing on their understanding of life events from Component 1. They will design a health and wellbeing improvement plan that draws on their knowledge of services and care values from Component 2.

Revision Guides/Supporting Resources

All revision materials will be provided by the Department

Staff Details

Health and Social Care is a subject within the Humanities Faculty
Mrs Wall – Teacher of Health & Social Care (Assessor)
Mrs Lo – Teacher of History (Internal Verifier)

Careers and Progression

This Tech Award provides knowledge, understanding and skills for learners to progress to other level 2 qualifications, level 3 vocational qualifications (BTEC Nationals), other academic qualifications (Psychology, Health and Social Care, Food Technology) and employment within the Health and Social Care sector (apprenticeships and junior roles) for example:

  • Mental Health

  • Nursing including Midwifery

  • Social Work

  • Radiotherapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Care Assistant

  • Youth Worker