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Health and Social Care

What is a BTEC Level 2 Award?

A BTEC Level 2 Award is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

It introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

A BTEC Level 2 award is equivalent to one GCSE grade A*– C .

What is the course structure?

The course is made up of four units –

  • Communication within Health and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Human Lifespan Development ( externally assessed )
  • The impact of nutrition on Health and wellbeing 

How is the course assessed?

All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the qualification is awarded.

What can I do at the end of the course?

With further training or study, students go careers such as nursing, social work and residential care management.

If you want to get a job straight away you could work and train in:

  • Registered care homes
  • Hospitals and primary care trusts
  • Nursing homes
  • Health centres

A BTEC Level 2 Award prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to more advanced courses. 

How can I find out more?

Ask your teacher for more information or see the Edexcel website –


Please click HERE to view or download a copy of the 2015-2016 Curriculum Plan