Course Title BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care
Level: 2
Code Y151

Overview of the Course

This specialist work-related qualification will give you the knowledge and understanding of the health and social care industry. Specifically you will learn about how people develop through their various life stages, how to communicate effectively and the importance of good nutrition. To be successful on the course you will need to be able to use communication skills to solve problems, meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a team. There are two exam units as part of your course, and so effective study skills are needed.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Nursing
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Support Work
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Criminology/Psychology
  • Counselling • Playworker
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Probation Work

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade 9-3 (A*-D) including English Language. If progressing from Level 1 you must achieve at least grade MM in your Level 1 Vocational Course and evidence of progress in English.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course is for a duration of one year starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of core, mandatory and specialist units, assessed through coursework assignments and two externally set exams.

Core units:

  • Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
  • Health and Social Care Values

Mandatory units:

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Healthy Living (Exam)

Specialist units:

  • Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Human Biology Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care Sector

Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and your overall grade will have two grades in the range of PP to D*D*.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a Health and Social Care career you will need to be able to get on with people from all walks of life and be able to work independently as well as in a team. People accessing care are vulnerable and so empathy is a key aspect of this industry. You may have to solve problems and understand instructions in order to get things done on time and make decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important and you will need good written skills when completing documentation about the people in your care. When communicating with members of the public you will need to be able to listen and identify their needs, as well as respond to questions in an open and friendly manner. Mathematics skills are essential in Health and Social Care as you will need to be able to calculate variety of measurements used to assess health of individuals. You will also need to interpret patient’s charts and figure out ratios needed for supervision of younger service users on trips or whilst completing activities.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day placement during term two. Here you will have the opportunity to develop valuable employability skills, exhibit elements you have learnt throughout your studies and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your vocational Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sports and fitness activities, course related study visits and guest speakers, careers events and trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Additional costs may include a contribution to trips and visits throughout the course.

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