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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

Course Details

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Health and Social Care

This qualification is the equivalent to 2 GCSE’s and can be continued at National Diploma /A Level in Sixth Form.

What is the BTEC First Certificate in Health and Social care and What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

This work related qualification is designed to provide you with a choice of routes into Further Education, University or Employment.

You do not need to have studied Health and Social Care before starting the course. It is important that you have,

·   an enquiring mind,

·   an interest in Health and Social Care,

·   a willingness to explore new ideas and

·   an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Why should I study this subject?

You will:

·  Gain knowledge and understanding about Health, Social Care and Early Years services and how they operate.

·  Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.

·  Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your life and experiences.

·  Gain confidence by developing independent learning skills

·  Develop key skills which are highly valued by employers and Further Education

·  Be able to move onto a related career or higher education course.

What will I learn?

The course consists of the following: 2 mandatory, 2 core units (Compulsory) and 4 optional units.

Core Units/Mandatory Units

Unit 1- Human Lifespan Development (Exam)

Unit 2- Health and Social Care Values

Unit 3- Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 9- Healthy Living (Exam)

Optional Specialist Units

Unit 4- Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing

Unit 5- Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Unit 6-The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Unit 7- Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Unit 8- Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 10- Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

Unit 12- Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care


How will I be assessed? 

The total mark for the course consists of 75% coursework and 25% external exams