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Health & Social Care

Course Description

The ‘BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care’ is an exciting and demanding course. The course is a vocational qualification aimed at pupils with a genuine interest in health or social care who may be looking to pursue a career in the health and social care industry, whether it is primary schools, secondary schools, social work, paramedic, nursing and midwifery, occupational therapy or even caring for the elderly/disabled. These are just a few of the many varied professions that this qualification supports.

The course consists of the following theoretical components, most of which are assessed through class based tasks.

· Human Lifespan Development

· Health and Social Care Services and Values

· Health and Wellbeing

Assessment Structure:

All students will complete the units, ‘Human Lifespan Development’ and ‘Health and     Social Care Services and Values’. Each of these units is broken into a specified amount of tasks which target different learning aims. Tasks will be submitted on a specified hand in date, marked internally and returned to students with a grade of a Level 1 Pass, Merit and Distinction, Level 2 Pass (GCSE ‘C’ grade), Merit (GCSE ‘B’ grade) or Distinction (GCSE ‘A’ grade). 

The ‘Health and Wellbeing’ unit is externally assessed in a written 3 hour assessment.  Edexcel sets and marks the assessment which is taken by the learner under examination conditions and is worth approximately 40% of the final mark.

Why study this subject?

If you are interested in studying a subject at GCSE which involves only 1 external assessment, the majority of the work is written coursework and you would like a career in this area then this could be the course for you!

This course is for students who wish to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.