Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 1/2

This one year course prepares you with a specialist work related qualification in Health and Social Care. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to a Level 3 vocational area.

The Certificate is equivalent to two GCSEs and is mostly coursework assessed with two externally set exams. It is a practical, skills based programme and will be particularly useful for job roles where you will be expected to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and provide support in different care settings.

The course consists of a variety of units including Human Lifespan Development and Care Values in Health and Social Care. Some of the units focus on Healthy Living, Promoting Wellbeing and Nutrition within the Health and Social Care sector. Practical units include Creative and Therapeutic Activities and Effective Communication in Health and Social Care settings.

Career Path

  • Children’s and Young Peoples workforce
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Support worker
  • Progression to level 3

More than just a course

This practical skills based course requires learners to participate in group discussions, meetings, and role plays as part of their assessments.  A period of one week work placement is an integral part of the course depending on the learner’s career aspirations.

The assignments are flexibly written to allow the learner to research within their chosen career path. Learners are also encouraged to explore possible alternative pathways.

Those learners who have not achieved a grade 4 at English and Maths GCSE will have the opportunity to retake these subjects as part of their time at college.

Unique Features

  • Practical based
  • Integrated Work Experience
  • Acquire transferable skills
  • Able to retake Maths and English GCSE alongside
  • Excellent grounding for the level 3 programme in Health and Social Care.

Entry Requirements

Level 2

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 including English language and maths.A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be essential.

“I loved my work placement and also the activities within the lessons.”