Health & Social Care

About 3 million people work in health or social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health care assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrative roles. Together they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise so these roles will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase. Whatever area you are thinking of pursuing a career in, once you have completed your studies, you will be doing a job that is varied, rewarding and worthwhile.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to the sector. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application. Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. The components focus on:

  • knowledge and understanding of human growth and development
  • knowledge and understanding of how people deal with major life events
  • knowledge and understanding of health and social care services
  • practical demonstration of care values, together with the ability to reflect on own performance

There is one external assessment, Component 3, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing requires learners to assess an individual’s health and wellbeing and use this to create a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

The design of this external assessment ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period.

Edexcel BTEC National Level 3 in Health and Social Care is one of the most popular BTEC courses. This course is a vocational qualification that will help prepare students for a wide range of careers or for further study on a range of degree programmes.

The Edexcel BTEC National L3 in Health and Social Care covers a wide range of units, which will help students to gain skills that will be valuable in their chosen profession or future study. Students will learn about the human body and how it changes over time. They will also learn about what it means to work in the sector and what skills and behaviours they will need to demonstrate.

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector: Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development, Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care and Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.

The optional unit - Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs, covers the biological and sociological topics relevant to different parts of the sector which will support progression to specialised degree programmes or an apprenticeship within the sector. The two year course consists of two internal and two external assessments. Students will be given the opportunity to re-sit the external assessments if required.

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