Health And Social Care Single And Double Award

BTEC First Award - Equivalent to one GCSE

BTEC First Certificate - Equivalent to two GCSE's 

(Double option block)

Option Subject - Category B

Examination Board: Pearson

Why Take This Course?

Interested in working with people?  Interested in working in Health, Social Care or Early Years Education?
 
This course is about people, their development, their needs and how their needs can be supported. 
Progression routes:
 
  • BTEC National Health & Social Care – National Certificate or Diploma
  • Leading to degree courses in midwifery, nursing and health related professions, teaching, social work and child care.
  • Vocational courses at college.
  • Employment in health, social care or early years’ settings.
  • Employment in jobs where you are working directly with people, for example the police, reception work or caring for the elderly.

Aim Of The Course

  • To develop an understanding of the roles of health, social care and early years’ practitioners.
  • To develop an understanding of the skills they use daily.
  • To develop an understanding of the issues they meet daily in their work.
  • To understand past, present and future developments in health, social care and early years.

Course Structure And Content

The students will need to complete four units of work to gain the BTEC First Award.
 
Unit 1: Human Lifespan and Development (examination)
This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated. 
 
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
This unit will enable you to understand the high standards expected in health and social care in order to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals who use health and social care services.
 
Units 3 and 4:
Two further units will be selected from the range offered by the examination board.
For the Certificate Award, students will need to study all of the units for the Award qualification plus the following: 
 
Unit 5: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
This unit will allow you to investigate the different forms of communication and how they are used effectively in health and social care. This unit will also provide information about alternative forms of communication such as Braille, British Sign Language and Makaton.
 
Unit 6: Healthy Living (examination)
In this unit, you will explore how a range of factors contribute to good health and wellbeing, and other factors that can lead to poor health and wellbeing. You will develop your skills in analysing information and will explore personal strategies that can be implemented to improve health and wellbeing. 
 
Units 7 and 8:
Two further units will be selected from the range offered by the examination board.
 
A major aspect of the course is the opportunity students have to make a wide range of contacts with people and organisations in the local area.  They may undertake visits within the community and will need to interview people involved in the health, social care and early years’ sectors.
 

Assessment

BTEC First Award
Unit 1: Human Lifespan and Development
Assessed externally by a one-hour examination 
 
Unit 2, 3 and 4:
Assessed internally and externally verified by Pearson
 
BTEC First Certificate (in addition to the Award assessments)
Unit 6: Healthy Living
Assessed externally by a one-hour examination
 
Unit 5, 7 and 8:
Assessed internally and externally verified by Pearson
 

Entry Requirements

A keen interest in people and in wanting to work with them.  The students will also need to be good independent workers and able to meet deadlines.

  1. BTEC First Award and First Certificate in Health and Social Care