Diploma in Health and Social Care - Level 2
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 2 Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below Variable Variable £795 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Hele Road CentreThe Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care is a part knowledge based and part competency based qualification for which you will achieve 46 QCF Credits. Various pathways available dependent on work setting and job role.

This is an intermediate course recognising your ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject and to perform varied tasks. This is primarily for those working indepdently in a face-to-face role with service users.

Course dates are:-

  • 18th September 2017 to the 17th September 2018.
  • 15th January 2018 to the 14th January 2019.
  • 16th April 2018 to the 15th October 2019.

There will also be practical assessments for each unit which will take place in the workplace by a qualified college assessor.

All of your knowledge work will be assessed by assignments and your practice will be assessed in your workplace by a range of methods including observations in line with the requirements of the City & Guilds of London Institute.  You will be supported by your Skills officer to build an electronic portfolio of evidence.

What topics will I study?

This is a competency based course recognising your ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject and to perform varied tasks in your workplace. This is primarily for those working in a face-to-face role with service users.  You will undertake 4 core units which will give you 9 credits and are listed below together with a further 5 core units and choice of optional units dependent on your professional pathway.

• Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 
• Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

What are the entry requirements?

You must be working in health and social care and must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) for your employer. You need excellent communication and organisational skills and be motivated to learn. You will have to undertake an interview and complete a skills scan. This is suitable for people starting out in the sector and for those with more experience who want to gain a meaningful work related, competency based qualification.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. 

What can the course lead on to?

The course is designed to give you the knowledge to embark on a career in care and meet the requirements laid down in the Care Standards Act 2000. You may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Are there any additional costs?

Peripatetic assessment is included in the fee.


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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