Aims of the qualification
● provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study related to health
and social care that is particularly suited to post-16 learners who have the relevant
interest and aptitude to progress in the sector
● broaden and deepen learners’ understanding of careers in health and social care
and their attributes
● provide a broad and balanced programme of study through the core and
mandatory units that develop knowledge, skills and understanding that are
relevant to the sector as a whole
● allow learners to specialise or to deepen their understanding through the provision
of a broad range of optional specialist units, including units requiring 60 guided
learning hours of study
● provide opportunities for the development of transferable skills related to study
and vocational application that provide a platform for success both within health
and social care and elsewhere
● build on achievement and interest developed through related level 1 or level 2
qualifications in health and social care including the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First
Award, Certificate or Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
● give learners the potential opportunity to progress to employment, in due course,
or progress within employment in a range of job roles in the health and social care
● support progression into specialised level 3 qualifications in health and social care,
general qualifications in health and social care and related subjects, or progression
into an apprenticeship
The core units within this qualification ensure that all learners will develop knowledge that underpins learning in other units in the qualification:
The mandatory units within this qualification ensure that all learners will develop practical and vocational skills:
Optional specialist units
The optional specialist units gives learners the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests. These units may be selected to:
● provide learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding in
more specialist areas of interest:
for example child development and observation, disability and dementia
● deepen and enhance practical application of vocational skills:
for example, by developing their basic first-aid, food safety and infection control skills,
which are highly valued in the health and social care sector
Learners will gain direct experience of the health and social care sector, giving them
the opportunity to apply the learning they have gleaned from other units and to
develop knowledge, skills and understanding further within different health and social
Module delivery includes
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (EXAM MODULE)
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
Unit 7 - Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
Unit 8 - Individual rights in health and social care
Unit 9: Healthy Living (EXAM MODULE)
Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic activities
Unit 15: Carrying out a Research Project in Health and Social Care
Unit 19: Skills and Qualities for Working in the Health and Social Care Sector
Unit 21: Understanding Dementia
Whilst some units above are mandatory others may change subject to awarding body specification or teacher skill set
This course is a 480 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to four gcses)
● has core, mandatory and optional specialist units
● has 12.5 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments
What are the entry requirements?
English & maths at level 1 or working towards this level
A full level 1 vocational qualification or 3 gcses at grades c or above (may include English & maths)
How is the course taught?
Delivery strategies reflect the nature of work within the health and social Care sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the
Workplace, or in simulated working conditions, wherever possible.
You will be timetabled for 10 hours a week at the college, which will be spent in practical work on computers and theoretical work in the classroom. In addition, you will be required to spend approximately 20 hours on private study.
Recognising the diverse skills and styles of our student community places an emphasis on ensuring that a range of learning environments and media are available and enabling students to engage in learning in a variety of ways. Knowledge and skills will be developed through case-studies, role-plays, simulations, presentations, projects (work-based and academic), reflective portfolios and the use of technology supported activities.
Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking account of the industry standards for behaviour and
How will I be assessed?
The pearson btec level 2 first diploma in health and social care includes two Externally assessed units.
The remaining units are internally assessed.
Evidence for assessment is generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations.