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Key Stage 4 Courses

Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / Level 2

First Award in Health and Social Care

 

The BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care has been developed to provide an engaging introduction to the sector for learners aged 14 years and above.

The core unit of this qualification is externally assessed, provides students with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Students will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values and communication in the sector.

This qualification is intended for level 2 students, with level 1 achievement possible, for some students.

 

Achievement at Level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to other vocational qualifications at level 3, such as the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care. The underpinning knowledge and understanding, practical and vocational skills learnt will enhance and support progression to a relevant competency-based courses.

 

Qualification structure

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH).

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

The table below shows the type of external assessment and assessment availability for this qualification.

 

UNITS

 

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Component

number

Component title

GLH

Level

How

assessed

1

Human Lifespan Development

 36

1/2

Internal - 2 pieces of coursework completed in Year 10

2

Health and Social Care Services and Values

36

 1/2

Internal - 2 pieces of coursework completed in Year 11

3

Health and Wellbeing

48

1/2

External - exam sat in February of Year 11 and chance for resit in May of Year 11

 

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Key Stage 5 Courses

Pearson BTEC Level 3

National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to one A Level. It covers a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

 

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level.

The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. The qualification typically makes up one–third of a study programme.

 

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

 

  • A-Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • A-Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education

 

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care consists of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content is 83% of the course and External assessment is 58% of the course. Please see the table below.

 

The optional unit has been chosen by the teachers running the course based on feedback from the exam board and other teachers on what will achieve the best student outcomes.

 

 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Unit (number and title)

Unit

size

(GLH)

Mandatory or Optional

Externally or Internally assessed

1 Human Lifespan Development 

90

Mandatory

External Exam

2 Working in Health and Social Care 

120

Mandatory

External Exam

5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs 

90

Mandatory

Internal - coursework

14 Physiological Disorders and their Care

60

Optional

Internal - coursework