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 BTEC Health and Social Care

Exam Board: EDEXCEL Pearson

BTEC Tech Awards are Level 2 qualifications.  They assess learners through assignments and tasks as opposed to traditional examinations. They are specifically designed to give learners a taste of the sector and the skills as well as the confidence to take their next steps. This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade. 

This course is suitable for students who enjoy working with and caring for people; those who would like to work in the health or social care sector and if they are studying subjects such as Biology; Sociology; Food Technology; RE and PSHE.

This qualification aims to:

  • Allow learners to see that care values are at the heart of everything.

  • Allow students to apply their learning to a real-life scenario.

  • Build on each component so that your confidence grows.

  • Provide practical tasks rather than written exams

The course is made of 3 components:

  • Human Lifespan Development

  • Health and Social Care Services and Values

  • Health and Wellbeing

Component 1 and 2 are made up of 2 assignments that are internally assessed and Component 3 is a 2 hour Externally assessed paper sat under exam conditions.

Component 1 and 2 are 60% of the qualification and Component 3 is 40% (students cannot pass the overall qualification unless they pass Component 3).

Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations:

Recognised by employers and universities In 2015, 1 in 4 students who entered university in the UK did so with a BTEC. BTEC is a recognised and well-known qualification suite, providing reassurance that students who study a BTEC meet the levels required by employers and Higher Education.

This qualification can provide you with the skills and knowledge to help you progress onto a more advanced course at sixth form or college such as:

  • BTEC Health and Social Care

  • BTEC Health Studies

  • BTEC Children’s Play, Learning and Development

  • A Level Health and Social care

Work and train in (Apprenticeships)

  • Registered Care Homes

  • Hospitals and Primary Care Trusts

  • Nursing Homes

  • Health Centres

  • Nurseries

KS4 Sociology

Exam Board: AQA


  • GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

  • Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.

  • By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:

    • investigate facts and make deductions

    • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues

    • analyse and better understand the social world.


  • The sociology of families

  • The sociology of education

  • The sociology of crime and deviance

  • The sociology of social stratification

  • Social theory

  • Methodology


Paper 1: The Sociology of Families and Education

Written Exam – 1 hour 45 mins: 50% of total mark

Paper 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification

Written Exam – 1 hour 45 mins: 50% of total mark


Career Path

Sociology is particularly useful for students who want to work with people and in a wide range of occupations. Some examples are:

  • Criminology/Police Service
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Public Relations
  • Personnel Management
  • Teaching
  • Marketing