Course Code
Course Title
Level 2
33 weeks
Entry Requirements
You will need four GCSEs ranging from 9-4 or A*-D grade, including English or a merit grade at Level 1. You need to demonstrate you have a caring nature and are committed to studying. If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 programmes.
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Course Description

A BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care allows you to gain a variety of opportunities to make a positive difference to people’s lives. This course is designed to equip you with essential skills for starting work in care professions and prepares you to progress onto further study. This is a vocational or work-related qualification which allows you to have an opportunity to gain skills, values and knowledge relevant to health and social care.

Option 1 allows you to study and gain occupational competence whilst gaining relevant UCAS points in 1 academic year. It is possible for you to be selected onto the Extended Diploma in year 2 if you apply.

Option 2 is a 2 year programme (but all students will start out on the 90 Credit Diploma).

Entrance requirements

You will need four GCSEs ranging from an A-D grade, including English or a merit grade at Level 1. You need to demonstrate you have a caring nature and are committed to studying.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 programmes.

Who is the course suitable for?

If exams are not your preferred method of study and you want to keep your options open to either work or higher education then one of these options may be right for you.

This is suitable for academically capable learners and should not be viewed as an easier alternative because you are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.

Course content

This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level education or a job in Health and Social Care. You will need to be prepared to attend college 4 days per week and attend work experience 1 day per week. You will study a minimum of eight units over the course, such as:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and Social Care
  • The Impact of Diet on Health
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Vocational Experience in a Health or Social Care Setting
  • Health and Social Care Services
  • Work Placement is a minimum of 60 hours.

Development of Maths and English

Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements.

At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.

Employability Skills Development

Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.

How will the course be taught?

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced Health and Social Care professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.

Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.

How will I know how well I am doing?

Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.

Are there any additional costs?

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.

What course can I do next?

You can progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or other related courses.

Have you considered an apprenticeship in health and social care?

Achieving your level 2 in health and social care can make you eligible to apply for an intermediate apprenticeship that allows you to have a job in the health and social care sector, earn a wage and get a qualification at the same time.

Course Fees

If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that you’re in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit – this course may be free!

Where can I get further support / advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

How do I join the course?

Fill in an application form online and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.

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