Book review: BTEC First Health and Social Care

BTEC First Health and Social Care


Asbridge et al (eds), Holder Education


A useful guide for students on the BTEC First health and social care course, this covers the key core units and in addition the specialist units in an easy step-by-step guide over nine chapters. You can dip into it and discuss elements of it easily. These discussions can be supported by the practical activities and case studies which assist the learner with the depth of the learning needed for BTEC, but there are perhaps too many activities.

It covers a broad span of health and social care theory with practice as well as a wider holistic view – the section on sexually transmitted infections, for example, would allow workers to consider what practice is useful. Overall the student can view a concise summary at the end of the chapters as well as the grading grid for each criteria to assist the learner with evidence needed for each unit. It seems at times patronising, but it should allow the student to work through the steps whatever their ability and approach.

The book provides an up-to-date legal knowledge base, such as the Mental Capacity Act 2007, and useful websites for further learning. It is a useful read for anyone in a health and social care setting.

Helen Peddlesden is a senior practitioner and practice assessor

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