Health and Social Care
Level 2 BTEC Award (Years 10 and 11)
Level 3 BTEC, extended certificate (Years 12 and 13)
Key Stage 4
BTEC level 2 Award in Health and Social Care
What will students learn?
Over the 2 years you will complete three different units.
Component 1: Human Lifespan development
Learning what typical development from birth to old age is, and how different life experiences can impact on these patterns.
Component 2: Health and Social Care Values
Understand the different types of health and social care services and the responsibilities of different workers, including assessing importance of care values.
Component 3: Health and Wellbeing
Using information gained from the previous two components, students apply their understanding in a practical way with use of a case study.
Components 1 and 2 are assessed using internal portfolio projects (coursework). Whilst completing internal portfolio projects students are required to conduct research and work independently to apply knowledge and understanding to real life examples through studying specific individuals. Internal portfolio projects have the benefits of having support and continued feedback in order to help students to make good progress.
In this way portfolio projects can be well suited to motivated students who respond well to feedback.
Component 3 is assessed through a controlled assessment. This is completed under supervised conditions, similar to external exam conditions, within the classroom under timed conditions and then assessed externally. This involves students using knowledge from components 1 and 2 and practical skills to apply this to a case study.
Key Stage 5
Edexcel BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
This course is offered in year 12 and is a two year course. The level 3 extended certificate is equivalent to one A level qualification. After the first year of the course there is the option for students to ‘drop down’ to the level 3 certificate in Health and Social Care, this is equivalent to one AS level qualification. Over the two years four units are covered, half of which are assessed through coursework portfolio tasks. With the remaining two external examination units, one exam is sat at the end of each year of study.
Topics covered include:
Human Lifespan development – external assessment
Meeting Individual support needs – coursework portfolio
Working in Health and Social Care - external assessment
Psychological perspectives – coursework portfolio