Curriculum Intent

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

Programmes of Study

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care:

  • is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*
  • is for learners aged 14 years and over
  • is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE)
  • has core units and optional units
  • has 25 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments

It has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector
  • give learners a more focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1/level 2 health and social care qualification
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

The first core unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second core unit. This qualification contains a range of optional specialist units, to accommodate a wide range of learners’ needs and interest.

 Unit 1 Programme of Study

 Unit 2 Programme of Study

 Unit 4 Programme of Study

 Unit 7 Programme of Study


Our approach to teaching and learning supports the specialist vocational nature of BTEC First qualifications. Teaching at Parklands gives a balance of practical skill development and knowledge requirements. Learners are allowed to apply their learning to actual events and activities within the health and social care sector. Learners examine and discuss media articles that highlight developments in the health and social sector, or examples of good and bad practice. Learner reflection is also encouraged, which is important in health and social care.

The delivery of the BTEC First Award is enriched and extended by the use of:

  • case study materials set within health and social care
  • visits by learners to local health and social care settings
  • inviting relevant parents, service users or contacts to come to speak to the learners about either what it is like to work in the health and social care sector or their experiences of using health and social care services
  • asking a local employer to discuss particular case studies and real-life experiences, related to the units within the qualification
  • arranging role plays or simulated activities to illustrate examples of good and bad practice, such as the effective or ineffective application of communication skills within health and social care scenarios (e.g. between staff, or between health and social care workers and service users).

 Unit 1 Scheme of Work

 Unit 2 Scheme of Work

 Unit 4 Scheme of Work

 Unit 7 Scheme of Work

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


  • Mrs S Brookes - Curriculum Leader for Food, Catering and Health & Social Care
  • Mrs S Weldon - Teacher of Health and Social Care and Creative Media

How can parents support their children

Support is essential throughout years 9, 10 and 11 in terms of attendance so vital lessons and coursework opportunities are not missed.  You can also support your child by ensuring they meet coursework deadlines as this will affect their overall grade within this qualification.