BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care

Why is Health and Social Care important?

Health and Social Care is all about helping people. During this 2020 pandemic, we have seen how important it is to help vulnerable people in the community and provide them with support. Health and Social Care workers can improve peoples’ way of life. Health and social care is so varied; people need physical, mental, and nutritional support to stay healthy and well. Health care and social care professionals say it is an incredibly rewarding life.

What is involved in the Health and Social Care course?

The course is made up of three components.

Through these individual components, you will gain knowledge about human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing. You will also consider attitudes and values that are vitally important in the health sector and get the opportunity to practise applying them through role-play and real-life case-studies.

You will develop key skills such as: Interpreting data to assess an individual’s health and design a plan to improve a person’s health and wellbeing

How will you be assessed?

You will undertake three components across the two years. Two of these are internally assessed, which means that evidence is collated in lessons and working at home and used against grading criteria. Your teachers will mark the work and this will be externally moderated. These components are “Human Lifespan Development” and “Health and Social Care Services and Values”.

The third component is “Health and Wellbeing” and is assessed externally through an examination.

What can you do with Health and Social Care in the future?

There are many careers which complement a Health and Social Care qualification. Being successful on this course would lead you into paramedics, nursing, health care practice, diet and nutrition, occupational therapy, psychology, mental health care, childcare, social work and many more.

Taking the BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care, can lead you onto studying at Level 3 and then can take you onto university.

What do you need to do to prepare for the course?

There are several news feeds which would help to prepare you for your studies in Health and Social Care in Year 10:

How do I find out more?

You can visit the BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care specification, which can be found here:

You may also like to look at the student support page for more information:

Need to know

That this is a course where you will be able to reflect on your own health and well-being and learn how to interact with different people in a positive and non-judgemental way. It is an exciting course, which takes commitment and dedication. There is a strong written emphasis in the course, as well as the practical explorations we complete.

Student/Staff/Famous Person quote about the subject

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
— Edward Everett Hale