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KS4 Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : BTEC Level 2 Award in Health and Social Care (Edexcel) or Certificate in Health and Social Care

What is the qualification?

Vocational qualification worth 1 GCSE, graded pass, merit, distinction and distinction*

What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

This is a qualification that is made up of units that are assessed in a variety of ways. For the award, you will be completing four units, but for the certificate, this will be completed alongside other GCSEs and you will complete eight units. The majority of units are coursework based and you will be given assignments with a series of tasks to complete. Your work is then either marked as pass (C grade), merit (B grade), distinction (A grade) or distinction * (A* grade). There is one externally examined unit, Human Life Span Development, which will also be graded pass, merit, distinction or distinction * depending on your achievement. Examination Unit:

  • Human lifespan development

Coursework topic areas include:

  • Health and Social Care Values
  • The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing
  • Creative and therapeutic activities in health and social care

Assessment

The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10Continuous CourseworkContinuous Coursework plus the option of sitting the externally examined units.Continuous Coursework plus the option of sitting the externally examined units.
Year 11Continuous CourseworkContinuous Coursework plus the option of sitting the externally examined units.Continuous Coursework plus the option of sitting the externally examined units.

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

To be successful you will need to be very organised because all of the coursework units will have strict deadlines. You also need to be able to work independently as well as part of a group.

What could I use this qualification for?

If you achieve an overall pass or better, it is then possible to progress to Level 3 in Health and Social Care post-16. It could also help you to enter the NVQ routes through apprenticeships in Child Care, Social Care work or work in the health sector.