Health and social care

Health and Social Care (BTEC)

Curriculum information:

Learning outcomes 

The skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare young people to enter the workplace in due course.


In the health and social care sector, typical employment opportunities may be as an apprentice or in a supervised entry role, depending on specific job requirements and age restrictions. This qualification provides young people with a taste of what the health and social care sector is like, enabling them to make informed choices about their future careers.


BTECs are popular and effective because they engage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. 


BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors into further study and responsibility within the workplace.


The first core unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Students will study for this over a period of time and they will complete practice papers. Students can re-sit this unit once.


Students will complete assessed work which will be presented in a variety of ways. They will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second core unit. The third and fourth units are decided in line with the strengths of the class.

List of topics taught

There are two mandatory core units:

1. Human lifespan development (externally assessed)

2. Health and social care values (internally assessed)

Followed by a range of optional specialist units - choose two from:

3. Effective communication in health and social care

4. Social influences on health and wellbeing

5. Promoting health and wellbeing

6. The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing

7. Equality and diversity in health and social care

8. Individual rights in health and social care