Health & Social Care

Please note that vocational qualifications are currently under review by the government. As such a decision about which specific Health & Social Care course will be confirmed in February 2022 once this review is complete. The two courses currently under consideration are BTEC Tech Award and OCR National. Information about both courses has been provided below.

Course Content

These courses give learners the opportunity to develop specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment related to health & social care. The main focus is on three areas: -

  • Skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health,  designing a plan to improve health and wellbeing
  • Attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them in a person-centred approach
  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, understanding life events, health and social care services and factors affecting health and wellbeing.

These qualifications build on and use the knowledge and skills that are learned in your other subjects such as English, PE & science. It will complement future study in science or Psychology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.

How are these courses assessed?

Both qualifications consist of three units of study that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the health & social care sector, and relevant skills such as research, planning, problem solving and communication at Levels 1 and 2.

BTEC Tech Award:

Comp 1: Human Lifespan Development - Exam board set assignment internally assessed 6 hrs

Comp 2: Health & Social Care Services & Values - Exam board set assignment internally assessed 6 hrs

Comp 3: Health & Well-being Synoptic exam 2 hrs


OCR National:

Unit 1: Principles of care in health & social care - 75 min exam

Unit 2: Supporting individuals through life events - Exam board set assignment internally assessed 10-12 hrs

Unit 3: Creative & therapeutic activities - Exam board set assignment internally assessed 10-12 hrs


What are vocational courses?

BTECs & OCR Nationals are KS4 Level 2 vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. It is equivalent to 1 GCSE, and is accepted alongside other qualifications as entry to Sixth Form, college or apprenticeships.

Contact information

Mrs Lloyd Jones