St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Miss A Austin 




BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health & Social Care 

Programme of study

Throughout the course you will learn some of the main values that are used by care practitioners and how they are applied within health, social care and early years settings. You will gain an understanding of the factors that can affect growth and development and how to implement a health plan. This BTEC course gives you the background knowledge and will help you to develop the skills to work in the care industry.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development (Assignment)

You will explore different aspects of growth and development and the factors that can affect this across the life stages. You will explore the different events that can impact on individuals’ physical, intellectual, emotional and social (PIES) development and how individuals cope with and are supported through changes caused by life events.

Component 2: Health & Social Care Services & Values (Assignment)

You will explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of service users. You will also study the skills, attributes and values required when giving care which are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers).

Component 3: Health & Wellbeing (Exam)

This is a synoptic component, bringing in new content and revisiting the content from assignments. You will increase your knowledge and understanding of human lifespan development and life events, sources and types of support, health and social care services, the skills, attributes and values that contribute to care and the barriers and personal obstacles to accessing services. You will also explore physiological and lifestyle indicators in relation to health and wellbeing, as well as examining person-centred approaches to make recommendations to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.

How is the course structured and assessed? 

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is run over two years and content is broken down into components. Assignments and the exam are graded from Pass (level 4), Merit (level 5.5), Distinction (level 7) and Distinction* (level 8.5).

The qualification consists of three components that give you the opportunity to explore an insight into how people develop over time and the factors that impact their development, as well as the values of the health and social care sector. Students will also develop key skills and gain an insight into the sector. Two of the units are internally assessed and externally moderated. One of the units is exam based and is externally assessed. In order to be awarded a qualification, a learner must complete and achieve an outcome for all three components. The overall grade is a direct aggregation of performance across individual components, with each component weighted according to the GLH.

What can these qualifications lead to? 

This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of Health & Social Care such as an A Level course or a BTEC National qualification (level 3). Taking Health & Social Care further can be useful for a range of jobs such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, mental health practitioners etc.