Health and Social Care

BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Why study this subject?

GCSE Health and Social Care is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 and is a practical, work-related course. It introduces you to the employment area of health, social care and early years’ education and provides with an initial insight into what careers and services are available within the sector.

What will I learn?

You will explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time. Furthermore, you will learn which health and social care services are available and discover why people might need to them. Finally, you will complete a study on an individual and create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of three units each of which will be assessed on a regular basis mainly through the marking of coursework including homework, presentations and role play for particular units studied. By the end of the course you will have completed:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – Coursework unit worth 30% of your overall grade.
  • Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values – Coursework unit worth 30% of your overall grade.
  • Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing – Control conditions task worth 40% of your overall grade.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

The successful completion of the course will lead to a qualification graded Pass, Merit or Distinction which is equivalent to a GCSE 9 - 4 grade.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

This qualification along with the skills learnt will enable you to move onto further education, training or employment in many health and social care related professions including childcare, social work, midwifery, working with individuals with disabilities and many more. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as research experience, debating and communication skills.

Post-16 Progression

BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care is a popular and challenging course open to all. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Education Studies and more.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can come and speak to Health and Social Care teachers Miss Begum, Mrs Ayling or Miss Southworth for more information.

For further information visit:



King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered number 10654935. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Tel: 0121 472 1147.

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