Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health & Social Care

Aims of the Course

This course gives learners the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life changing events like marriage or parenthood. Students will learn how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to help them.

Students will also learn about the different health and social care services, and about ‘care values’ and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need. Learners will be able to demonstrate these care values practically.

Students will develop skills in interpreting data about someone’s state of health in order to design a plan that will allow them to improve their health and wellbeing.


  • Component 1: Human Lifespan Development
  • Component 2: Health and Social Care services and Values
  • Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

Component 1: This unit provides students with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development.

Component 2: In this unit students will gain an understanding of how care values are applied in health and social care settings, and their importance to work in the sector.

Component 3: This unit will allow students to learn about physiological and lifestyle factors that affect health and wellbeing of individuals.

The new BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care contain two forms of assessment:

  • Component 1 and 2 are 100% coursework assessed and make up 60% of the total course.
  • Component 3 is a two hour external exam and makes up the remaining 40% of the course.

This qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE, although it is graded using a pass, merit and distinction system.

  BTEC Qualification Grade Approximate GCSE Grade Equivalent
Level 2 Distinction* 8.5
Distinction 7
Merit 5.5
Pass 4
Level 1 Distinction 3
Merit 2
Pass 1.5

Recommended Reading

Following Health and Social Care related topics in any medium such as newspapers, television and websites is of value.

BBC Health

Public Health England

Department of Health and Social Care

The King’s Fund

Key Stage 5 Progression / Career Prospects

A BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood, which is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and is a solid progression route into the health and social care professions. There is a wide range of careers/interests for which Health and Social Care is relevant. This would include:

  • Social Worker
  • Drama/Play Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Youth Worker
  • Teaching
  • Nursery Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Dietician
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Care Worker
  • Paramedic
  • Midwife
  • Psychologist
  • Family Support Worker Health Care Assistant