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. 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 Diploma is taught in the department Health & Early Years Education. There are four teaching rooms, all of which contain up-to-date 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.

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.


All units are assignment based and are assessed and graded. One overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Progression Opportunities

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.

Entry Requirements

Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Ability to meet course deadlinesTwo separate weeks of work experience+. Students must be police checked through DBS: £47.80

Qualifications and Enrollment Options

Qualification Name GCSE Equivalence Duration Awarding Body
Health and Social Care Diploma2 GCSEs (3 Blocks)1 yearOCR Cambridge Technical

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