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Health and Social Care


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Level 2 BTEC Award  (Years 10 and 11)


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Level 3 BTEC, extended certificate (Years 12 and 13)

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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 Controlled assessments. At specific times throughout the 2 year course, the exam board release Pearson Set Assignments. These involve a number of tasks for students to complete under supervised and timed conditions. This is similar to exam conditions, however students have longer to complete them and are allowed some supporting materials such as their lesson notes. With the controlled assessments, they are marked internally before feedback and a grade is given to the student. At this point they are allowed a resubmission should they wish to attempt to improve their grade.

Component 3 is assessed through a external assessment (exam). This is completed under timed conditions, in an exam hall and then assessed externally.

This involves students using knowledge from all of the components and using additional skills of applying to a real life context, through use of 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:

Year 12

Human Lifespan development – external assessment

Meeting Individual support needs – coursework portfolio

Year 13

Working in Health and Social Care - external assessment

Psychological perspectives – coursework portfolio