North Chadderton

The Oak Trust will provide excellence in teaching, learning and leadership development.
This will be based on safe, inclusive practice which inspires and challenges everyone.
The Oak Trust

Welcome to Health & Social Care at North Chadderton School

Vocational BTEC





The Health and Social care Curriculum at North Chadderton equip students with an understanding of individual needs, whilst challenging stereotypes and discrimination. The study of care values is at the heart of Health and Social Care which develops skills such as empathy, compassion, commitment, tolerance and empowerment.



The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is ideal for you would like to find out more about health and social care. This course offers a practical introduction to life and work in the health and social care sector. 


Health and social care is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with demand for both health and social care employees continuously rising. In 2019/20, the adult social care sector contributed approximately £41.2 billion a year to the UK economy. Social care employees such as care assistants and social workers work with individuals to support them to be as independent as possible in their own homes, in care homes or nursing homes. Healthcare employees, such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and physiotherapists, work with individuals to enhance their quality of life by improving their health. Approximately 3 million people are currently employed in the sector. In 2019, it was estimated that by 2035 approximately 2.17 million health and social care job vacancies will need to be filled. 


This course will give you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. You will also develop key skills relevant to the health and social care sector such as research techniques and how to measure someone’s physical health. You will also develop your written communication skills as you create health and wellbeing plans for an individual with specific needs. 


Once you have completed the qualification, you will have developed a practical understanding of the health and social care sector. You will have built useful skills, which are not generally covered in GCSE courses, and you will have developed a good understanding of whether the health and social care sector is for you, and if so, which part of it you might want to study further. If you decide to go on to further study of health and social care, the best option for you will depend on the grades you have achieved in this and the other qualifications you have taken, and what you enjoy doing. You could progress to a Level 2 Technical Certificate or to a Level 3 programme, such as A Levels, a T Level or a BTEC National, either on its own or in combination with A levels. 


This course is different from studying GCSEs, as, by taking part in different types of research, application and health improvement activities, it gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge, skills and the techniques you learn in practical ways. 






Interpretation of data

Learning about other cultures and social groups

Self-management and resilience



English Literature

Child Development



Physical Education

Sports Studies





Head of Subject

Mrs S Mossop

Contact Details

Method of assessment

60 % Coursework, 40% Examination