Health and Social Care Curriculum Overview

Course Title:  BTEC Health and Social Care

Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study Health and Social Care?

If you’re interested in working with people, or want to care for and help others, this may be the course for you. The BTEC course gives you the background knowledge and skills needed if you are considering working with people. The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award gives you the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

  • skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing;
  • attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them;
  • knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.

Course Outline

You will cover three components during the two year course.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development


In this component you are introduced to the life stages and the areas of development: physical; intellectual; emotional and social (PIES). You must understand the key aspects of development of each life stage. You must then consider factors that can affect different aspects of development. You will also explore expected and unexpected life events, their impact and how individuals cope.

This component is internally assessed through the completion of two pieces of written coursework, one taking the form of a report and the other an information pack. This is worth 30% of your final mark.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values


You will start this component by learning about the wide range of Health and Social Care Services. You will also explore barriers that some individuals face and will learn how these barriers may be overcome. You will learn how to adopt compassionate and caring behaviours and will learn to apply these values to individuals who are using Health and Social Care Services. You will learn about the importance of reviewing your practice, which will help you to develop and improve your skills in relation to upholding care values.

This component is internally assessed through the completion of two pieces of coursework. The first of these is a written review of Health and Social Care Services in your local area and the second involves demonstrating your ability to use care values through two role plays; you will follow these up with a report about your strengths and areas for improvement. The role plays will be performed in groups and will be recorded to be sent off for moderation. This is worth 30% of your final mark.

Any work experience that you can gain in the Health and Social Care Sector will be extremely beneficial for this unit.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

This component will focus on the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan. You will also investigate the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health. You will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing. Finally, you will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

This component is externally assessed and synoptic as it builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. The assessment is based on a case study. The assessment will take place over a maximum of three hours during a given week and is worth 40% of your final mark. You will need to answer a range of different types of questions and then create a health and wellbeing improvement plan. This assessment can be taken in February of Year 11 and then re-sat in May, if required.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:

Assessment Format

You must pass all three components to pass the course. You will be graded for each component and then you will be given an overall grade which could range from a Level 1 Pass through to a Level 2 Distinction*.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

You will need to have achieved a good level in English and be able to complete coursework in some depth, following detailed, independent research. You will need to be hard-working, proactive and able to use your own initiative when completing coursework. Finally, you will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team with different types of people.

Possible Careers and Future Education

This course is an ideal preparation for progression to a more detailed study of Health and Social Care post 16. This may well be through a BTEC Level 3 course. It would also be useful as a starting point for anyone interested in the study of Sociology or Psychology or for anyone thinking about a future career in the Health, Social Care or Early Years sectors.