KS4: BTEC First Award (Level 2)

Health and Social Care Curriculum Intro:

Studying Health and Social Care provides learners with a broad introduction to the health and social care sectors that operate within the UK. Students will develop core skills and knowledge that underpins the work of care practitioners including aspects of communication, work place skills and the needs of a diverse and ever changing society. Through the study of realistic health and social care contexts including projects, assignments and work experience learners will acquire a range of skills that are desirable, relevant and recognised within this expanding sector. The addition of workshops and the investigation of topics through a variety of media will stretch and challenge students within a subject and sector that is constantly evolving.

The BTEC level 2 is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade at A*-C and is completed over two academic years. There are 3 internally assessed units and 1 externally (exam) assessed unit. 


Year 1: Sept-Jan

Year 1: Feb-July

Unit 3: Internally Assessed

Effective Communication Skills in HSc

This unit provides learners with knowledge, understanding and practical skills they need to be able to communicate effectively within a health or social care environment. Learners will investigate and learn about different forms of communication, understand barriers to communication and be able to communicate effectively showing an understanding of individuals needs

Unit 1: Externally Assessed

Human Lifespan Development

How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we, as humans, grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development.

Year 2: Sept-Jan

Year 2: Feb - May

Unit 2: Internally Assessed


Health and Social Care Values


What is good practice in health and social care? What ensures that good practice is applied to support individuals who use health and social care services? You will discover the answers to these questions over the course of this unit. The values that are described in this unit may also be applied to daily life. You will be given the opportunity to discuss the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care including what is meant by terms such as inclusion, non discriminatory practice, a duty of care and a person-centred approach.

Unit: TBC Internally Assessed

One additional unit will be studied as part of the course. This will be chosen once learners are enrolled to ensure that the Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care curriculum is responsive to the needs of the students and to allow for the curriculum to be personalised to student’s potential career pathways and study aspirations


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