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Year 8 Options - BTEC Subjects




  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate
  • The BTEC is a national qualification.  It has become increasingly popular in recent years and has gained credibility among employers, institutes of further education and universities.  The main difference between BTEC and GCSE is that it is more closely linked to the world of work and is therefore considered to be a vocational qualification.  Although the BTEC is not designed for a particular group of pupils, it will suit those who are hard working and able to produce good coursework on a regular basis.

    All our BTEC Level 2 Certificates offered are equivalent to 1 GCSE pass. We offer BTEC in Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism and in Performing Arts.  All three BTEC qualifications do have an examined unit that must be taken as part of the course


  • Subject Leader:  Miss I Evans

  • Board and Syllabus:  Pearson EDEXCEL BTEC

  • Level 1/Level 2 First award in Travel & Tourism

    The BTEC First Award is equivalent to one GCSE qualification.


The course is designed for pupils interested in the travel and tourism industry, and also worldwide destinations. It provides the opportunity to investigate aspects of locational geography and various vocational skills such as customer services and business skills. Pupils will learn about the travel and tourism industry, UK and worldwide destinations and customer service.


There will be a bridging year in Year 9 in preparation for BTEC in Year 10 and 11.

  • UNIT 1 The UK Travel and Tourism Sector.
  • UNIT 2 UK Travel and Tourism Destinations. 
  • UNIT 3 The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience
  • UNIT 5 Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

Assessment and Coursework

The course is assessed by coursework in Unit 2, 3 and 5. Unit 1 is assessed by an external examination. Coursework is completed in both Year 10 and 11 and the examination will be written in Year 10 and can be retaken in year 11.

Coursework consists of plotting destinations on maps, creating brochures and itineraries, research and report writing as well as presenting their coursework. 

How Parents Can Support:

  • Be aware of coursework deadlines.

  • Revising key terms with pupils for the exam unit

  • Discuss and bring back leaflets from holiday or business travel.


  • Subject Leader:  Mrs R Pegg/Mrs R Langley
  • Board and Syllabus: EDEXCEL BTEC
  • Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care
  • HSC Presentation BTEC


Are you interested in your own health and well-being?  Are you interested in the health and well-being of your family and friends?  If you enjoy working with people and wish to develop an understanding of health and care of all age ranges, then you will enjoy this course.

Pupils will study units on the needs of people in health and social care sector. This will include effective communication, healthy living, growth and development and life events.

Examination Requirements

120 Guided Learning Hours are to be completed over 3 years.  These will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and a controlled assessment.

This course is a vocational one and pupils will assume the role of workers within the Health & Social care sector. They may be required to meet, visit and interview professionals to gain first-hand experience.  This course requires pupils to take responsibility for deciding how to plan, complete and evaluate their work. 

Unit Description

Core units

Component 1: Human lifespan development 

Component 2: Heath and social care values                       

Component 3: Healthy Living  (Controlled Assessment)

What can I do when I have completed this course?

  1. Continue with this type of course and proceed to Level 3. Later on, an A level qualification could lead to an application for a place at university or support you in an application for a job requiring A levels.

  2. Start GCSE AS/A levels in the sixth form. Like the above this could lead to university or application for an A level entry job.

  3. Look for employment. If this is within the Health and Care sector this qualification will put you in a strong position.  You can transfer across to Health and Social Care NVQ at the next level.

PERFORMING ARTS - BTEC Level 1/ 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (QN 603/0406/6)

  • Subject Leader: Mrs A Raby
  • Board and Syllabus: EDEXCEL 


This course offers pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of aspects of the performing arts industry.  Pupils develop practical skills for performance, theoretical knowledge of the performance disciplines, technical theatre operation and an understanding of the business side of performing arts. All pupils will be required to perform to an audience and will be expected to sing, dance and act.

Course Structure

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli

  • process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance

  • attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication

  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.


Component Number

Component Title



How Assessed


Exploring the Performing Arts


1/ 2



Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts


1/ 2



Responding to a Brief


1/ 2

Synoptic External


Additional Information

  • Pupils MUST PERFORM to a live audience.

  • Candidates contribution may be acting, singing, dancing.

  • Candidates can also study lighting, sound, set, costume, props, and masks.

  • Pupils will be required to commit some of their own time to after college rehearsals as part of some unit work.

  • There will be some work experience elements to the course which will involve visits to places such as South Hill Park and back stage experience there. Parents will be contacted directly regarding this when it becomes relevant.

  • Pupils are encouraged to attend as many theatre trips as possible and to get involved in extra-curricular activities at Garth Hill College.