Health and Social Care
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 2 - BTEC First Level 2 Extended Certificate/Diploma Hele Road site 1 year

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

You will be taught by formal lectures with a variety of teaching methods including group work, individual presentations, role plays and research. Assessment is continuous through coursework and some assessment will be exam based. You will be observed and assessed by your placement supervisor and visiting lecturer in work placement. GCSE English and maths and Functional Skills are externally tested.

What topics will I study?

Core units:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values

Mandatory units

  • Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 9: Healthy Living

Specialist units:

  • Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 7: Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Unit10: Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 13: The Health and Social Care Sector

In addition, you will have the opportunity to either retake a maths or English GCSE and/or Functional Skills in English and maths.

What experiences will I get?

You will gain vocational experience through a minimum of 25 hours in a health or social care setting. You will research, plan and produce your own Health Promotion activity and will be given the opportunity to implement a creative and therapeutic activity in placement. You will be involved in fundraising charity events during the course.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent and three additional GCSEs at grade 2 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your work placements.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and can be studied alongside English or maths GCSE and/or Functional skills.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building. Students have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities throughout the college.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to work in a range of careers including community work, health services, housing services or social care. The course may provide progression to a Level 2 apprenticeship programme or the Extended Diploma if you achieve the Level 2 qualification at a Distinction Grade and English and maths at Level 2.


Are there any additional costs?

You may purchase a course textbook costing approx £25 plus general stationery. Uniform and trip fees of £75 and a DBS check costing approx £44 to be paid at the start of the course. Possible transport to college and work experience.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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