Health and Social Care

BTEC – Level 2 Tech Award Health and Social Care

Curriculum Intent

At The Long Eaton School, studying Health and Social Care will build confidence and encourage students to achieve their potential academically, in life and in the working world. This course prepares students with the independent study skills required for further and higher education. Studying in a vocational context will broaden horizons and open career opportunities in one of the largest employment sectors in the U.K.

Applying the health and social care values will enable the development of skills to contribute effectively to future relationships and within the community. This course provides a great starting point for academic and vocational study as well as preparing students for future employment. Our intent is to provide a dynamic, knowledge rich key stage 4, whilst at the same time developing transferable employability skills to prepare students for any chosen route. The curriculum teaches upon the expected development across all life stages, which will increase the understanding and knowledge of what is to come for themselves and their potential work audience.  Additionally, the study of care values, at the heart of health and social care services, supports our students in the development of skills so that they can succeed as educated citizens and contribute to society in a positive way. These include empowerment, independence, respect, tolerance, preserving dignity, communicating effectively, safeguarding effectively and promoting anti-discrimination.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the health and social care sector, this qualification gives learners experience of the breadth and depth that will prepare them for further study in the sector. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose a health studies pathway with options reflecting the progression opportunities in health care.

This Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology or GCSE Psychology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.


What will I study as part of this qualification?

The qualification provides an introduction to working in health and social care.

There are 3 mandatory units:

During Component 1:

  • explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • investigate how various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development
  • discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making changes.

During Component 2:

  • learn which health and social care services are available
  • identify why people might need to use these services
  • discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

During Component 3:

Learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people

  • explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing
  • identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.

To gain this qualification, you will need to achieve a minimum of a pass grade in:

  • Each of the 2 internal mandatory assessments (externally set, internally marked)
  • The external synoptic assessment (externally set, externally marked).

Completion of this qualification is achieved through classroom-based learning. It can be completed in two years or less.

This qualification will enable you to develop transferable knowledge within the health and social care sector and study skills that will support progression to further learning.


Further Study Opportunities

Learners will be able to progress to the next level of learning in health and social care, for example, the Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care.


Potential Careers

Care Assistant, Home Care Support Worker, Nurse, Care Supervisor, Midwife, Social Services Officer, Care Assistant, Outreach Development Worker and Community Support Worker.


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Thoresby Road
Long Eaton
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E-mail: info@longeaton.derbyshire.sch.uk
Tel: 0115 9732438

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