Why choose Health and Social Care Level 2?
This is a practical, work-related course. It introduces students to the employment area of health and social care and provides a good basis for them to go onto a more advanced work-related qualification. The course is equivalent to two GCSEs, grade 4 or above and may be studied in conjunction with any of the other Level 2 Certificates, eg Children’s Play, Learning and Development, and GCSEs. Specialist units enable them to study a particular area in depth. The units are Communication; Vocational Experience in a Health or Social Care Setting; Ensuring safe environments in Health and Social Care and The Impact of Diet on Health. Students are required to complete two periods of work experience in two different health and social care settings as part of this course.
Resources and Facilities
The Level 2 Extended Certificate is taught in the department of Sport and Health. There are four teaching rooms, all of which contain up-todate teaching resources. The learning environment is designed to allow students to participate in both theoretical and practical activities. There is a wide range of suitable books and periodicals within the department and the Learning Resources Centre to aid learning.
Students have the opportunity to visit food businesses and exhibitions, such as the Good Food Show at the NEC
Teaching and Learning Styles
Students will be taught by very well-qualified and experienced teachers. The teaching will include a variety of modern styles. The lessons are further brought to life by exciting activities including group discussions, debates and student presentations. There is an enthusiastic and caring atmosphere in the department and individual tutorials are regularly available to all students as part of their studies. There are close links with the local community and outside speakers who are specialists in a particular area are frequent visitors into lessons.
Putting theory into practice is an important part of the course. Recent visits to local businesses are Cadbury World, Westons Cider, Worcester Bosch, Aztec Waterpark and Silverstone Race Circuit. The College has close links with the major employers in the area and students will spend time on company premises meeting managers to find out how the business works.
All units are assignment based and are assessed and graded. One overall grade for the qualification is awarded.
With further training or study, students go on to careers such as nursing, social work, teaching and residential care management. Students could get a job straight away in registered care homes, hospitals and primary care trusts, nursing homes and health centres.
|Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Ability to meet course deadlines||Two separate weeks of work experience+. Students must be police checked through DBS: approx. £44|
Qualifications and Enrollment Options
|Qualification Name||GCSE Equivalence||Duration||Awarding Body|
|BTEC First Award (Combined with Award from CPLD)||1 GCSE (1 Block)||1 year||BTEC First|
|BTEC First Extended Certificate||4 GCSE's (2 Blocks)||1 year||BTEC First|