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1 Year
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is struggling, 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 Transition Programme, allowing you to further academic study on T-Level Health or other Level 3 qualifications.

You will learn about all aspects of health & social care, including health and social care values, human body systems, and human lifespan development.

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

You will study:
- Communication in Health and Social Care
- Healthy Living
- Health Promotion
- Human Lifespan Development
- Human Body Systems
- Social Influences
- Health and Social Care Values

All level 2 learners also need to complete a two-week block of work placement or voluntary work as part of their programme, which is a mandatory part of the level 2 programme. This will be in a Health and Social Care setting.

All sessions involve various activities, including lectures, supported workshops, group and individual research, presentations and role-play. The department also organises multiple team building activities, e.g. bowling, trampolining, and trips to various health and social care settings, including care homes, art therapy sessions and sensory centres.

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 First Extended Certificate 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 throughout 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, posters and leaflets.

Our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a '4' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Entry Requirements

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

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 you cannot join this programme if you have any previous convictions or warnings. Still, 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 T-Level in Health, Health and Social Care, Medical Science and Forensic Science.

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



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
  • Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.

See the Student Money pages for more information.

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