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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. It is also important that you develop a greater understanding about Health & Social Care professionals such as: nurses and social workers and how they support individuals when they are in need of help. This might include understanding the support that an elderly client with dementia might need.

What can it lead to?

The BTEC First is a stepping stone for employment in care 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 wide 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:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended 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 18 – Child Development and Observation

Unit 19- Skills and Qualities for Working in HSC 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?

GCSEs mainly 2’s and 3’ with a minimum of 2 grade 4’s, including BTEC L1 Merit/Merit plus 2 GCSE’s Grade 4 and above in the subject.

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.

Ms Housen is the Subject Area Leader with over 20 years experience teaching in secondary schools, FE and Sixth Form colleges. She has a BSc. (Hons.); Master in Teaching and PGCE.

Mr Fuller is an experienced teacher of Health & Social Care. He also worked as a Public Service Lecturer and has experience in Youth Work. He has a BSc. (Hons.) in Social Sciences and PGCE.

Ms Okpara is an experienced teacher with over 11 years of teaching Health & Social Care. She has a BSc. in Industrial Chemistry and MSc. in Educational Leadership.

What do students say about the course?

"BTEC Health & Social Care L2 is great because I can learn how to make a positive difference in someone’s life. My teachers present the lesson in a way that makes the class more enjoyable; which helps me to learn all the content a lot faster and easier."

"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: work placement 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 block work experience placement in the spring term to successfully complete Unit 16, as well as, to reinforce the students’ knowledge and understanding of health and social care settings.