Health & Social Care (KS4)

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Pearson: Specification 

Course Description:

The Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a Level 2 qualification designed for learners who wish to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and will broaden the learners’ experience and understanding. The Tech Award takes the equivalent teaching time to one GCSE. Possible outcome grades are shown below with approximate GCSE equivalent grade:


 BTEC Grade

GCSE Comparative Grade

Distinction *








Level 1 Pass



A Level One qualification can provide a solid foundation for progression to future study post-16.

The principle aim of this course is to provide students with a stimulating and engaging introduction to the health and social care sector.  This includes, health work, working with children, social work, education, mental health services, medical studies – in fact, any profession which involved working with and understanding, people.  Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful, work-related context, allowing them to understand both the theories and their application.  Students will engage directly with practical activities, research, use of current media topics, individual tasks and project work.  Students are encouraged to develop both individual study and team working skills and to think creatively about how they present their ideas and work.  The course also aims to develop softer skills of empathy and tolerance which provide a foundation for working in any health and social care context. The course is an excellent preparation for further study at KS5.


The qualification consists of three components that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of health and social care.

Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment and have been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through a range of realistic tasks and activities.

Component 3 is assessed externally and is the main synoptic assessment for the qualification, building directly on Components 1 and 2. Assessment is based on a key task which is set and marked by Pearson and completed in three hours, under supervised conditions.


Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development – In this Component you will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and you will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them. You will develop transferrable skills, such as written and verbal communication.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values – At some point in your life you will need health care. You will study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. Providing good health and social care services is very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure that this happens. Care values enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm. This Component will give you an understanding of health and social care services and will help you develop skills in applying care values that are common across the sector. You will develop verbal communication skills by undertaking role plays and empathy and understanding.

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing – This Component builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. You will look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators, and what they mean for someone’s state of health. You will design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

A task worth 60 marks will be completed under supervised conditions of a maximum of three hours. This work will be marked by the exam board.


Why Study Health and Social Care?

  • You would enjoy it and do well on this course!
  • No previous experience needed in Health & Social Care
  • Valuable for anyone wanting to work with people, in any future career
  • Provides a pathway for learning at higher levels
  • Relevant, topical, exciting!
  • A wide range of methods will be used to enhance learning, including:
    • Emphasis on active, ‘hands on’ experiences, supported by teaching of key points and theories
    • Individual, small and larger group activities
    • Field work
    • Guest speakers
    • Use of the media
    • Discussion

Further information on BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care can be obtained from Mrs M Grant, Head of Health and Social Care, based in W213.