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Level: Intermediate (Level 2)Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study BTEC First (Level 2) Health and Social Care Extended Certificate?

If you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives, then studying Health and Social Care is for you. To study Health & Social Care you need to be interested in working with people and want to develop a greater understanding about how Health & Social Care professionals, such as nurses or social workers support individuals when they might need help. This might be by understanding the support that early years workers can give to children or helping an elderly service user with dementia to enjoy a creative activity.  

What can it lead to?

The BTEC First is a stepping stone for employment in caring work as many organisations require staff to be at least 18. 18 year olds could apply for healthcare assistant work in hospitals; other job roles include playgroup assistant, teaching assistant, etc. You will develop a range of skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, etc.   

The BTEC First Health and Social Care Extended Certificate can also lead to the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC National Award in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • CACHE Early Years Educator Qualification
  • Apprenticeships

How is the course organised?

The Examination Board is Edexcel.

Students will study the following units:

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development (exam)

Unit 2 - Health and Social Care Values

Unit 3 - Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 9 - Healthy Living (exam)

Unit 5 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Unit 6 - The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Unit 7 - Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Unit 8 - Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 11 - Services in Health and Social Care

Unit 12 - Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

Unit 14 - The Early Years Sector

How is the course assessed?

You will study 11 units in total. There are 9 internal assessment (coursework) units and 2 external assessment (exam) units. The external exam units are:

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development

Unit 9 – Healthy Living

Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Entry Requirements:

  • Achieve mostly grade 3 (D) at GCSE level
  • Interested in working in the health, social care or social field. It is essential for students to have a caring nature as this is a necessary quality in this field.

Who are the teachers?

Ms Cahill has worked in Sixth Form Education for over 20 years and has previous experience of working in secondary schools. She also used to work for Westminster Play Association with children aged 4 – 11, organising activities and events. She has a B. Ed (Hons) and MSc.

Miss Shepping has an MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health as well as a PGCE and a degree in languages. She has worked in health promotion for the NHS and local authority. She has also written articles on current health related initiatives, which were published in journals for health professionals (‘Public Health News’ and ‘Informed’, the World Cancer Research Fund newsletter).

Miss Housen is joining the department in 2018.

What do students say about the course?

I found the course really good and found it refreshing compared to other subjects. Being mixed with coursework and some class activities made me intrigued to go on to the next level and to keep learning more.

My year as a Health and Social Care student was good. I learnt a lot and received a lot of help and support from my teachers. Although some of the work was challenging, I still fought through and came out with a top grades.

Extra Curricular

Throughout the BTEC course, students will develop their exam and assignment writing skills. As part of the course, students will take part in a variety of activities including visits, group assignments, presentations and observations. A large amount of research work is required and students are expected to use a number of information sources such as textbooks, the internet, TV and newspapers.

There is a 2 week work experience in the spring term to reinforce the student’s knowledge and understanding of health and social care settings.