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

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators.


Learners are required to complete and achieve all three components in the qualification.

  1. Human Lifespan Development
  2. Health and Social Care Services and Values
  3. Health and Wellbeing

Internal assessment

Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment and this involves assignments, which are assessed by the teacher, but monitored by the exam board.

For Component 1, learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events. For example, learners could be asked to contribute to an event called Change and how people cope with it. To contribute, they choose two people who have experienced the same event (e.g. marriage, redundancy, an accident) and investigate how it affected them. Learners should gather evidence through, for example, interviewing the two people so that they can ask specific questions and draw out their experiences first hand.

For Component 2, learners study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values. For example, learners could be asked to carry out a review into health and social care services available in their area. Learners could be given a case study on two individuals with different health and social care needs: one will have health care needs, and the other social care needs. The case study details why they need to access these services, as well as their specific circumstances that would impact on their ability to access them. Learners carry out research to find local services that meet their needs

External assessment

Component 3 is the main assessment for the qualification. There is only one formal assessment, which will normally take place in February, but can also take place in May/June if this is deemed to be more suited to the students. Learners will have 2 hours to complete a task worth 60 marks.

Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. Learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

Learners will be given a case study and will assess an individual’s health and wellbeing, drawing on their understanding of life events from Component 1. They will design a health and wellbeing improvement plan that draws on their knowledge of services and care values from Component 2.

For more information, please contact Mrs O'Loughlin.