BTEC TECH Award Health and Social Care


Lead Internal Verifier – Mrs York

Subject Overview


BTEC Tech Awards have been specifically designed for 14-16 year olds and are assessed using assignments and practical tasks to suit students who learn through a vocational context. BTEC qualifications are equivalent to GCSE’s and can be counted in the ‘open’ group for Progress 8. The grading criteria follows a Pass, Merit, Distinction format and assessment is conducted at level 1 and level 2 to recognise the achievements of all students.

These qualifications allow students to take responsibility for their own learning and develop skills which are essential for the workplace, such as teamwork, research skills and independent study. They enable students to apply the knowledge they have learned to real life contexts, making the transition from school to the workplace smoother. BTEC Tech Awards give students the opportunity to progress into further study including A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas, Apprenticeships, University and the workplace.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.


 What does the qualification cover?

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills

in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

  • skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and

designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing

  • attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the

opportunity to practise applying them

  • knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including

human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting

people’s health and wellbeing.


This qualification builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you are learning in your GCSEs, such

as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology or GCSE

Psychology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.

Curriculum Map


The course is divided into 3 Components.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

Aim: To understand how we grow and develop throughout our lives

Internally assessed unit based on 3 written assignments. Completed in year 10

30% of final mark


Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

Aim: To get to know how the Health and Social Care sector works and the care values that lie at the core of it

Internally assessed unit based on 3 written assignments. Completed in year 11

30% of final mark


Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

Aim: To help improve someone’s health and wellbeing

Externally assessed exam involving creating a wellbeing plan for an individual. First attempt in February of year 11, retakes in May of year 11

40% of final mark

Extra Curricular Activities


There are regular drop-in after school sessions with subject leaders to help students with assignment writing and exam preparation throughout the two years of the courses.

Exam Board

Pearson Qualification

Helpful Links


On these links you can find downloadable copies of the specifications for each course and overview information


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