Department Aims

BTECs are 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 engage learners 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 Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

Programmes of Study

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care:

It has been developed to:

The first core unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second core unit. This qualification contains a range of optional specialist units, to accommodate a wide range of learners’ needs and interest.

 Unit 1 Programme of Study

 Unit 2 Programme of Study

 Unit 4 Programme of Study

 Unit 7 Programme of Study


Our approach to teaching and learning supports the specialist vocational nature of BTEC First qualifications. Teaching at Parklands gives a balance of practical skill development and knowledge requirements. Learners are allowed to apply their learning to actual events and activities within the health and social care sector. Learners examine and discuss media articles that highlight developments in the health and social sector, or examples of good and bad practice. Learner reflection is also encouraged, which is important in health and social care.

The delivery of the BTEC First Award is enriched and extended by the use of:

 Unit 1 Scheme of Work

 Unit 2 Scheme of Work

 Unit 4 Scheme of Work

 Unit 7 Scheme of Work

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


How can parents support their children

Support is essential throughout years 9, 10 and 11 in terms of attendance so vital lessons and coursework opportunities are not missed.  You can also support your child by ensuring they meet coursework deadlines as this will affect their overall grade within this qualification.