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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Health and Social Care

BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 Award in Health and Social Care

About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care. In healthcare, this includes jobs such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and administrators, while social care roles include care assistants, social workers, occupational therapists and counsellors. The demand for health and social care professionals is likely to continue to rise and consequently they are sure to continue to play a key role in UK society.

The Award requires students to complete three components over the two year course:

  • Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development - controlled assessment - 30%
  • Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values - controlled assessment - 30%
  • Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing - exam - 40%

For each component students are awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The course gives students the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life changing events like marriage or parenthood. Students investigate how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to them.

Students also learn about the different Health and Social Care services and about ‘care values’ and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need.  By the end of the course students are able to demonstrate these care values practically. Skills are developed in interpreting data about someone's state of health in order to design a plan that will allow them to improve their health and wellbeing.

At Sir Jonathan North the BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 Award is through the Pearson Examination Board. This is a new qualification which is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at anyone who wants to find out more about Health and Social Care. This course gives students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and techniques, and to review their own performance in demonstrating ‘care values’.

After completing the course, students may wish to progress on to complete A Levels or BTEC Level 2/3 in Health and Social Care or Childcare Studies. Alternative progression routes also include apprenticeships in the health and social care professions.