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Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 2 Diploma

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care is designed to improve your career prospects by providing you with opportunities to develop your personal and vocational skills. This course will prepare you for employment in rest homes, nursing homes and other health care areas. It may, with further childcare training, open opportunities within that profession. Alternatively, successful students might want to progress to other training and vocational courses.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a genuine interest in working with people and have a caring personality. They must be highly motivated and be able to show a commitment to the caring profession. Students must have achieved four GCSEs at grade D or above including English Language or Mathematics or other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications may be considered. Entry to the course is also subject to a successful interview.

Course Content

You will learn about the care of people from all of the different life stages. You will study a range of subjects that focus on health and how to work with people. The development of skills associated with team work, communication and English form an important part of the course. Students attend work placements in a variety of care settings.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by a range of methods including discussion, academic posters, presentations, role play, written and word processed assignment work, displays and two exams.

How will I be assessed?

The work is internally and externally assessed. Internal assessment is carried out via assignment based units which will be marked by individual unit lecturers. External assessment is undertaken by completion of two examined units, these units are assessed by the awarding body.  All units are graded to pass, merit or distinction depending on quality and criteria achieved.  Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work. Their work needs to be kept in a portfolio and all deadlines met.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Students are required to provide paper, writing materials and a folder/portfolio. Students are also expected to purchase college t-shirts to wear at work placement. The College provides text books.

What qualifications will I get?

You will gain a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. The course is equivalent to four GCSEs at A*-C grade.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Students achieving predominantly Distinction grades may apply for a BTEC Level 3 course in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, students can apply for jobs within the Health & Social Care area.

Course Information

There may be visits to exhibitions related to Health & Care, for which there will be a charge.

As work experience is a key feature of this course, you will need to make a formal Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure by completing a form that will be sent to you when you are offered a place on the course. This is because you may be working in an environment with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You may have to pay for this check to be completed.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511

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