Level 2 Health and Social Care
About this course

BTEC Extended Certificates in Health and Social Care have been designed to inspire and enthuse learners who are considering a career in the health and social care sector or in a related sector where knowledge of health and social care will be of use such as early years.

This course will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of knowledge and skills in the health and social care sector e.g. the underpinning care values and an understanding of the different life stages that individuals go through. 

It will offer support and progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic health and social care course, an apprenticeship or more broadly, progression to qualifications in other sectors, such as Early Years and give learners the potential opportunity to enter employment within a range of junior job roles across the health and social care sector.  

What will I learn?

This qualification is built on two core mandatory units as well as a choice of optional specialist units including factors that affect individuals’ lifestyle choices and their health as well as effective communication skills that can be transferred to other sectors.

In addition to the core and the optional units, the Extended Certificate includes further units allowing learners to follow areas of specific interest or to link units giving learners the opportunity to acquire some of the practical skills identified by employers as the fundamental building blocks for future competence in the workplace.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D (3) including English and Maths.

All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Study, assessment and qualifications
Candidates will complete two external examinations. All other units will be internally assessed through assignment work, presentations, written work, projects, posters and leaflets.
Additional costs and information
Students will be required to purchase a Tunic for approximately £25.
There will also be various trips and visits available throughout the year which can be paid for via the College Online shop.
What could I do next?
Upon completion, successful candidates can progress on to Level 3 Health and Social Care or Early Years courses, other Level 3 courses, Level 2 courses or an apprenticeship.