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Health & Social Care (Level 2)

This study programme will allow you to gain a broad knowledge, understanding and develop skills in the health and social care sector. The course benefits from exciting, initiative teaching taught by vocational experts.


When I was studying the Level 1 in Childcare here at College I wanted to become a Social Worker. However, now I have changed my mind and would like to be a Criminologist because I find it a fascinating area to study. There are aspects of criminology and mental health on this programme, so once I have completed the Level 3, I plan to apply to university to study Criminology and eventually work in a police department.

Although I miss school, I have found that College offers you more freedom and that the tutors here are really nice and funny, so you can have a laugh with them. They give you lots of feedback and I have got used to writing the assignments we have to do as part of the assessment. I use the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) regularly; I really like it as there are plenty of books for the study programme and you can use the computers and different silent and group work zones.

My favourite part of the programme so far has been the Creative Therapies unit where we have worked on tasks such as making an object from playdoh and learning how to clearly describe it to someone who might be blind, or learning how to describe simple tasks to someone with dementia.

Every Friday I do work experience at a local school, which is really fun. I’ve recently been helping the children with their castle project.

Buse - Health & Social Care Level 2

Entry requirements

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Childcare or Health & Social Care at Level 1 

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths, and a keen interest in health and social care 
  • Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience  will be considered 
Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in the health & social care environment

Course content

During the study programme you will look at all areas of the health and social care sector from children to the elderly. You will also look at different provisions and careers that are within this sector.

  • Subject units:
    • Human Lifespan Development
    • Health and social care values
    • Research Project
    • Effective communication
    • Healthy Living
    • Individual rights
    • Equality and Diversity
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    You will undertake placement (one day a week, with block placements) in a range of vocational settings.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    You will also have the opportunity to go on an educational trip that will be related to your studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be through assignments and there will also be TWO external exams.


Health & Social Care CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of the study programme at Merit Level you could progress on to Health & Social Care Level 3 or Childcare Level 3. Alternatively, you could progress into employment within health and social care settings, where you can combine further workplace training such as NVQs.

Additional information

You are expected to be responsible for your own learning and work towards deadlines that have been set. You are expected to be prepared and organised for all your lessons as this will be vital to enable you to achieve. You will be required to pay £46 for required clothing, £20 for books and £54 for any trips/visits, you will also need to pay for your CRB check. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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