Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care (BTEC Level 2 NQF)

What is the Course About?

This course is designed to give you a broad understanding of health and social care,organisation and practice.

The course is equivalent to three GCSEs. You will have the opportunity to complete both,First Aid and Food Hygiene training during this course. At least one day per week will be spent on placement in a health and social care setting.

What will I study?

There are four core units:

  • Human Lifespan Development (externally assessed)

  • Health and Social Care Values plus two mandatory units

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

  • Healthy Living (externally assessed) Plus a further six optional specialist units.

These units broaden the study of care and well-being,and provide the opportunity to enhance practical application of vocational skills.

What are my progression and career options?

The course will prepare you for work in the care sector or for study at a more advanced level (Level 3 course).

How will I be assessed?

The course includes two externally assessed units, with all others being internally assessed through a range of activities, including: role play, practical performance, verbal presentations and written work. Each unit is individually graded and points are awarded to calculate the final grade.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of three GCSE at grades D and above also either English or Maths at GCSE grade C or above.

  • Must also be able to demonstrate a genuine desire to follow a career in the care sector.

  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and a health check will need to be completed prior to the start of the course.