Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

About the subject

The Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent to 3 GCSEs, at grades Distinction to Pass, and comprises 11 units of study. Each unit covers a specific subject area and all 11 units will be completed over the course of the year with subjects ranging from  Promoting Health and Well Being to Human Lifespan Development and Health and Social Care Values

Some units are examined and some are coursework based

The course has been designed to develop candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the Health and Social Care sector and to develop them in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, or to enable them to access further or higher education programmes.

The final grade awarded to successful candidates will be Pass, Merit or Distinction

Learning styles

The course offers a student-centred approach to learning, together with the opportunity to apply Health and Social Care principles in a practical way. There is a strong emphasis on coursework but students will also participate in discussions, deliver presentations of their work and become effective under examined conditions

The qualification provides opportunities for students to develop their personal skills, for example, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, planning and taking responsibility for their work and using their own initiative.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Students who study Health and Social Care at level 2 may be re-sitting GCSEs in English, Mathematics and/or Science.

The course is particularly suitable for those studying in preparation for employment in the Health and Social Care sector.

This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 2 qualification to support further study in Further Education or in the workplace e.g. via ACCESS or Modern Apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

Average GCSEs of 3 grade, and a career aim to progress into work in the  Health and Social Care sector.

Some students may also be currently volunteering in areas of the Health and Social Care sector