Why study Health and Social Care?
Do you like helping people? Do you like looking after or working with young children?  Would you like a career in a Nursery, Hospital or Day Centre? Or a career in Social Work? Then Health and Social Care is for you!

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the 21st century Health and Social Care industry. Current issues affecting the industry such as effective communication, meeting individual’s holistic needs, respecting individual rights, cultural diversity and much more will be studied.

Course overview
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they encourage 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 TECH’s motivate students, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

This course aims to give students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector today. It gives students a focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Key subject aims
The BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care gives students opportunities to: 

  • actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students 
  • understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations 
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors 
  • examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues. 

Examination Board: Edexcel 

Assessment Details: 

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

Component number 

Component title 



How assessed 

Human Lifespan Development 




Health and Social Care Services and Values 




Health and Wellbeing 



Synoptic External 

Knowledge and Understanding
The specification requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • the range of care needs of major client groups 
  • the types of services that meet client group needs and how they are developed and organised 
  • the ways in which people can obtain care services and the barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services 
  • the main work roles and skills of people providing health, social care and early years services 
  • the principles of care and values that underpin all care work with clients 
  • personal development and relationships 
  • the stages and pattern of human growth and development 
  • the different factors that can affect human growth and development 
  • the development of self-concept and different types of relationships 
  • major life changes and sources of support 

The specification requires students to plan and carry out tasks in which they: 

  • analyse issues and problems 
  • identify, gather and record relevant information and evidence 
  • analyse and evaluate evidence 
  • make reasoned judgements and present conclusions. 
  • Students will be assessed on their ability to: 
  • write legibly, with accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in order to make the meaning clear 
  • select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter 
  • organise relevant information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate. 

Post-16 courses and careers


Child Care  


Social Workers

Care Managers





Nutritional Therapist



This BTEC TECH will prepare you for any post-16 course, but specifically is leads well into the BTEC Level 3 Health & Social care course, which is the equivalent of 2 A Levels. The BTEC qualifications are the health and care industry’s recognised qualification which reflects the needs of employers, further and higher education representatives and professional organisations. Key stakeholders were consulted during the development of this qualification.




The BTEC Extended Certificate in Music Performance is equivalent to A level Music and should be studied alongside other A levels or BTECs. It is for students who want to develop musical skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance and have an experience already of a musical instrument.  Perhaps they wish to continue to study music after their Sixth form experience or wish to take a course that has a high level of academic regard across the curriculum due to the many transferable skills learnt. 

GCSE Music at Grade 5 or above (or Graded Instrument equivalent) – You may be asked to audition.
Grade 4 in GCSE English
Grade 4 in GCSE Maths

In cases where this course is oversubscribed, subscription criteria will be applied and students ranked in order of attainment in their grades for GCSE and their ability in their instrument. Instrumental grades are more beneficial than GCSE in some cases.



Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony (Internal)

In this unit, you will:

  • Examine the signs and symbols used in musical notation
  • Explore the application of melodic composition based on musical elements
  • Explore the application of chords and cadences for composition or arrangement
  • Produce correct musical notation for performance
  • Create an accurate and playable composition

Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry (External)

  • This unit considers the importance of professional practice in the music industry and is designed to enable you to develop the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding needed. Being professional is not optional in the music industry – it is key – and the industry treats it as highly important.
  • This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. During the supervised assessment period, learners will be asked to create a project plan, budget, rationale and presentation in response to music industry scenarios, which musicians might reasonably find themselves bidding for. These scenarios will vary each series and be taken from the range of freelance opportunities available within the music industry.
  • The assessment is January and May/June.

Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance (External)

  • In this unit, you will become part of a musical group and will develop your ensemble skills by taking part in rehearsals. As an ensemble, you will be given a list of songs from which you must choose three. You will then learn, rehearse and perform these songs to an audience. You will also provide a presentation on how you used different techniques, stylistic and musical elements in the musical parts you performed.
  • This unit will be assessed through a task completed under supervised conditions. This will include a video recording of the final group performance.
  • The assessment availability is May/June only.

Unit 6: Solo Performance (Internal)

From recitals and chamber concerts, to open mics and headline shows, solo performances have the potential to captivate and inspire an audience. Being able to perform in front of an audience remains one of the most exciting experiences for a musician. In this unit, you will explore and practise the specific skills associated with performing as a soloist.

In this unit, you will:

  • Explore the skills required for a solo performance
  • Develop skills for a solo performance
  • Document your research and findings
  • Carry out a solo performance recital of 15 minutes


BTEC Level 3 qualifications earn you UCAS points, allowing you progression to university. This particular BTEC means you can confidently pursue a career in Music by either going into an apprenticeship in the music industry or by continuing higher education and going to university to study courses such as those listed below.

Students can go in to degrees or courses such as:

  • BA Hons Music
  • BA Hons Music Business
  • BA Hons Music for Media
  • BA Hons Music Therapy
  • BTEC Diploma in Music Composition
  • Music Journalism courses
  • Performing Arts courses at Universities and colleges
  • BTEC Sound Production
  • BTEC Music Technology
  • Apprenticeships in music technology, studio skills, performance, media, sound engineering, cultural arts, theatre etc.


Transferable and higher order skills learnt such as:

  • Performance techniques
  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Problem solving and cognitive skills
  • Self-presentation and Influencing
  • Self-management
  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • Critical Thinking