Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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Our Child, Health and Social Care course is ideal if you are thinking of a job within either a health or social care setting. It’s a great introduction to the world of this ever-changing and demanding industry and can help you progress either into a job, or ensure you have the right knowledge to embark on to the Health & Social Care Level 3 course. You will be taught by a variety of teachers from a range of disciplines.

As part of the course, you will also need to complete 50 hours of work experience. This will be spread over two work placements in a health and social care setting.

Our course can support you to achieve junior level positions in a wide variety of career areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, social and community work.

Course objectives

This qualification can prepare you for employment in Health or Social Care. It offers a practical and relevant start if you are interested in a career in Health and Social Care. It gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills essential for working life:

  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care
  • Develop a range of transferable skills for the sector
  • Gain relevant work experience for your future progression


Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
16 Hours per week


Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) at GCSE or Level 1 qualification at Merit or higher.

Additional requirements

Learners who have not achieved a L2 Maths & English qualification in school will expected to study them alongside their BTEC course.

A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required, this must be applied for before embarking on the course or during enrolment.

This course is suitable for those learners who wish to pursue a career in Health and social care related areas. The L2 course also gives a good grounding for the L3 Extended Diploma course for those learners who wish to study health related degrees at university in the future.

Teaching team

Dawn McGowan (Course Leader)
Paul Marshall




You will study 8 units which are all directly relevant to Health and Social Care work. There are 4 core and 4 optional units:

You will study eight units which may include:


Human Lifespan Development

Health and Social Care Values

Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing

Promoting Health and Wellbeing

The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

Healthy Living

Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

Assessment and exam information

There are two externally assessed units for this course and you will be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction for the other units.

Assignments cover a range of assessments such as essays, presentations, videos, discussions and posters.

Career and progression

Work experience

50 hours of work experience will need to be completed to pass the course. These will usually be in three blocks of one week through the year.

Enrichment opportunities

This is planned on a year-by-year basis according to local opportunities, but we normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of Health & Social Care. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.

Learner progression

This course can help you progress to a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Your career

This course can lead to junior level positions in a wide variety of career areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, social and community work.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

The current course text book needs to be purchased, which is approximately £20-£25. Details will be given at enrolment.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan



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