Social Science


The BTEC Level 2 Tech award is a vocational qualification designed to allow students to develop knowledge and skills essential for working in the Health and Social Care sector.


Students begin their BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 in January of Year 9. They research and then begin coursework explaining how individuals grow and develop across the life stages and the factors that can affect this.

Component 1: Human Life span development

In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and students will learn about how people adapt to these changes as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.

In Health and Social Care, students complete coursework looking at the impact of different life events on growth and development. After the completion of this, they then begin to learn exam content for their exam which takes place in January of Year 11.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

What does being healthy actually mean? It can mean different things to different people: you might think ‘healthy’ is not having to visit the doctor but an older person might consider it being mobile and able to get out and about, being happy and having friends.

In this component, students look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. They will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health and will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, students will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.

At the start of Year 11, students prepare for their examination which focuses on health and wellbeing of an individual in a case study. They then move onto their second piece of coursework focusing on care values and services that service users need to improve their health and wellbeing.

Component 2: Health and Social Care services and Care values

At some point in your life you will need health care. It is likely that you have already had an appointment with a doctor. If you did, you are described as a ‘service user’. That means you have been given health care from a person who was trained to give you care – they are called ‘service providers’. You might know someone who needs social care. This is different from health care, although both types of care are very closely linked. People who need social care are not always ill – they may be unable to do everyday activities like getting dressed or feeding themselves, or need help with their day-to-day lives.

Providing good health and social care services is very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure this happens. Care values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm.

This component will give students an understanding of health and social care services and will help you develop skills in applying care values which are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers). This component will help students progress to Level 1 or 2 vocational or academic qualifications.



The health and social care sector is a major employer of almost 4 million people in the UK, many of which are highly skilled. Almost 1.7 million job openings are expected in the next 2 years

It also makes a vital contribution to all other aspects of the economy and society by creating a healthy and productive workforce and by caring for the ageing and the vulnerable

Careers include:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacists
  • Health care Assistant
  • Care manager
  • Social Worker
  • Probation service
  • Prison service
  • Mental health worker
  • Counsellor
  • Teacher
  • Police force


Students will complete two pieces of coursework which are internally assessed and then checked by the exam board.

One exam takes place at the start of Year 11 which consists of a set task set and marked by Pearson. This lasts for two hours and contains a mixture of longer and shorter mark questions.


  • Students need to be able to read, select and apply relevant information to specific contexts and scenarios.
  • Students will need to manage their time so that coursework deadlines are met
  • Students will also need the following skills:
    – reflection
    – evaluation
    – interpretation
    – empathy
    – critical analysis
    – communication

Miss Price

Head of Department

I have an undergraduate degree in BSc Behavioral Sciences degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma, Masters in Forensic Psychology (MSc) and have had previous careers in the HM Prison Service as well as in different roles in education. I began my teacher training here at 鶹 in September 2010 having then taken up posts as a full time teacher, Head of Psychology and now Head of Social Sciences. I teach a range of subjects and levels in Social Sciences and have also been involved in Research School Projects.