BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 2

Full Time

About the course

Learn about the caring community, including various groups and organisations working with individuals with identified needs and older adults. This course is modular, recording the skills you achieve as you progress. You can achieve a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels. You can also achieve this qualification at Level 1.

Course content includes: Effective Communication; Human Lifespan Development; Health and Social Care Values; Creative and Therapeutic activities; First aid; Food safety; Promoting Health and wellbeing; Equality and Diversity; Services in Health and Social Care and Infection Control.

Project and assignments are designed around real, practical caring situations. There are two externally set exams.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3/D including English and Maths or successful completion of a relevant Level 1 at Merit grade.

Where next?

This vocational course can lead to jobs such as a Health Care Assistant, Support worker, and other jobs in Health and Social Care or progression onto the Level 3 qualification.

Work experience and employability

Students are encouraged to do a minimum of 30 hours work experience, especially if they are looking to progress onto Level 3, to help them gain vital employability skills in the sector, however this is not mandatory. All students will engage in activities during the course to help develop key skills for the workplace. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

We also have opportunities to carry out Voluntary work in the Community.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to cover the travel costs to your work experience placements. You may also want to buy some of the textbooks used in class or access the e-learning resources provided. You will also need to ensure that you bring the correct equipment for classroom learning.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader

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