Health & Social Care – BTEC

Year 9 Choices

Health & Social Care - BTEC

BTEC Tech Awards are new skills-based qualification for students aged 14-16: equivalent in standard to and designed for study alongside GCSEs. BTEC Tech Awards give learners the chance to get a taste of what the sector is all about, explore different job roles and start building the technical skills and knowledge they’ll need to pursue a career in it.

The BTEC Tech Award for Health & Social Care is a hands-on course that gives learners a taste of what the sector is like, as well as the skills and confidence to succeed in their next steps. With the new BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care, learners can get to know the core care values, develop valuable skills and explore potential careers.

How the course works – As the BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a practical introduction to life and work in the sector, learners will be able to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of the sector.
  • appreciate the importance of care values.
  • analyse and evaluate their skills.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed: These components build on each other to motivate learners by helping them put what they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence.

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development

Weighting: 30% Aim: understand how we grow and develop throughout our lives.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

During Component 1, learners will:

  • explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time
  • investigate how various factors, events and choices may impact on individuals’ growth and development
  • discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making change

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values

Weighting: 30% Aim: get to know how the Health and Social Care sector works and the care values that underpin it.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

During Component 2, your students will:

  • learn which health and social care services are available
  • identify why people might need to use these services
  • discover who’s involved in providing these services
  • explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need
  • look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

Component 3 – Health and wellbeing

Weighting: 40% Aim: help improve someone’s health and wellbeing

Assessment: Externally assessed task, in which students create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for someone based on a brief.

To do this, your students will:

  • learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing • identify key health indicators and how to interpret them
  • assess someone’s health using what they’ve learned
  • create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person which includes targets and recommendations of support services available
  • reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.