BTEC Health & Social Care 2/3

BTEC qualifications have become widely recognised by both employers and higher education institutions. Research shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year. BTECs offer a person centred and flexible module based way of learning, They focus on the development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Course outline

This course is brief led with a selection of mandatory and optional units, that explore all aspects of health and social care. Mandatory units include:Human lifespan and developmentMeeting individual care and support needsFurther optional units will then be stud-ied in addition to these.

How is the course assessed

Externally assessed units

  • examinations –all learners take the same assessment at the same time.
  • set tasks –learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

Internally assessed units

  • write up their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate work-based values and practices.

Course requirements

  • five GCSEs at good grades and/or
  • BTEC qualifications at Level 2
  • the ability to learn independently
  • the ability to research actively and methodically
  • to be able to give presentations and be active group members.

Links to careers

This qualification can lead to all careers that are linked to health and social care sector, and provides the transferable skills that employers are seeking. Some example of career choices are:

  • Healthcare support worker
  • Support worker –supported living
  • Home care support worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Social services officer
  • Outreach development worker

Links to university

Many universities now accept BTEC qualifications as entry onto degree courses. Examples of degrees that could be studied are:

  • Nursing
  • paramedics
  • childcare/education
  • Social work
  • Midwifery