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Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is lacking and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

This is a practical, work-related course, which will involve studying projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to health and social care and provide an excellent basis to go on to more advanced work-related qualification. You will learn about all aspects of Health & Social Care, including, healthy body systems, HSC values and working in the health sector.

These qualifications provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

You will study:
- Communication and individual rights
- Individual needs in health and social care settings
- Cultural diversity
- Lifespan development
- Impact of diet on health
- Creative and therapeutic activities

All level 2 learners are actively encouraged to complete 60 hours of placement or voluntary work as part of their programme, and this is a mandatory part of the level 2 programme.

All sessions involve a range of activities, including lectures, supported workshops, group and individual research, presentations and role play. The department also organises a variety of team building activities, e.g. foot golf, bowling, Alton Towers, walking and orienteering, treasure hunts, and to Grizedale Forest - Go Ape!

Presentations by the tutor and students will be used to develop communication and other transferable skills. To support differentiation a tiered level of questioning and case studies, for the different levels will be used, as well as mixed and same ability group work to challenge and support learning. Additional study support will be given when needed, either one to one or as a group.

The Level 2 Diploma includes two externally assessed units. These will be in the form of two hour-long exams but will assist learners as they progress into higher levels of study or vocational learning. The remaining units are assessed internally, and this assessment is ongoing over the duration of the course. Evidence for these assessments can be generated through a range of activities, including, role play, verbal presentations, essays, reports, case studies, witness testimonies, observation, portfolios, posters and leaflets.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Entry Requirements

You will normally need either a:
- Level 1 qualification (at Merit or Distinction), and at least a GCSE Grade 3 in English Language, plus a satisfactory tutor reference
-or Four GCSEs at 3-9, including English Language, or equivalent qualifications.

You will be given an interview to assess your suitability for the programme. It is also advisable to have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service. This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme. Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check.

After Your Course

Previous learners have progressed onto Level 3 full-time programmes of study in the areas of Health and Social Care, Early Years, Public health.

Other learners have progressed onto apprenticeships in health and social care and some learners have gone directly into employment within the sector.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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23 November 2019 10:00 - 15:00