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This 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, and have the chance to complete two work placements in health and social care settings that interest you.

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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.

Course content

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 from the following:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
  • Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 7: Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 9: Healthy Living
  • Unit 10: Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

How will I be assessed?

There is no examination for this course, you will be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assignments cover a range of assessments such as essays, presentations, videos, discussions and posters.


Entry requirements: 

Four grade Ds at GCSE or Level 1 qualification at Merit or higher. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required, this must be applied for before embarking on the course or during enrolment.

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.

What can I do next?

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

Contact a tutor

Mary Howard

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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