Health & Social Care

WHY STUDY HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?

If you are interested in people, this BTEC Level 2 First Award might be just the right course for you.  It has the same value as a GCSE, but is assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction, according to how well you achieve.

Some students find that developing knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work related context gives them a greater insight into the concepts and so find that they could be more   successful than in traditional learning methods.

Additionally, this course encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE?

Students develop practical skills, such as demonstrating health and social care values when they visit a local nursery to work with the children there. They also compare these values with those used by staff who work at a club for elderly stroke victims.

Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively. This qualification provides opportunities for students to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course.

Encouraging others to be healthy is part of the second year of this course and students will focus on preparing materials to give the types of information that helps others to make good decisions.

The other part of the second year is to prepare for the external examination which focusses on the way in which people grow and develop through life

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Year

Unit

Unit title

Type of assessment

Year 1

2

Health and Social Care Values

Coursework

Year 1

3

Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Coursework

Year 2

5

Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Coursework

Year 2

1

Human Lifespan Development

Externally set assessment

Each of the units is equally weighted, so coursework is 75% of the final award. Many students like this way of building their achievements, as the coursework is split into small sections which are completed through the course rather than having all the assessment at the end. However, students must achieve a minimum of a Pass in Unit 2 (Health and Social Care Values) to be able to achieve the full qualification.

25% of the course is assessed through an examination taken at the end of Year 11. The questions are based on case studies and have a mixture of short answers and extended answers.

For further details about the course, please see Mrs Trim.

Health and Social Care Handbook L2

Health and Social Care Handbook L3