BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

What is the health and social care sector?
About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care. In healthcare, this includes jobs such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and administrators, while social care roles include care assistants, social workers, occupational therapists and counsellors. Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society, and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase.

Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is ideal for you if you are a pre-16 student working at level 1/level 2 and want to include a study of health and social care in your broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the health and social care sector, enabling you to develop and apply your knowledge in new and practical sector-related contexts, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

  • Course Units

    This qualification provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the health and social care sector. You will explore key themes by researching the life stages and factors affecting the growth and development of individuals, and the role of care workers in promoting beneficial change in an individual’s environment. You will also gain an understanding of the set of care values used within health and social care.

    The qualification consists of two mandatory, core units which provide the key underpinning knowledge and skills and cover the following areas:

    • human lifespan development, which explores a set of life skills from infancy to later adulthood – you will identify how factors in a person’s life, such as their level of income, can both affect and promote their life chances
    • health and social care values, which explores care values, such as confidentiality, dignity and respect, and demonstrates how they could be used within health and social care – you will also study the importance of meeting the needs of individual people

    You will take two additional units, which enable you to explore the wider role of the care worker and to apply your knowledge through a practical real-world approach. You will be encouraged to make relevant connections between theory and practice by applying the skills you learn to health and social care related scenarios.

    The additional units cover the following areas:

    • the impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing
    • equality and diversity
  • Entry Criteria

    This is a vocational qualification equivalent to GCSEs, for 14-16 year olds.

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