Health and Social Care - Level 2 Extended Certificate

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  0


English and math's are key qualifications in progressing in any field of study and workplace, this Level 2 qualification enables you work towards your GCSE's as well as giving you a foundation of knowledge in Health and Social Care.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for those who wish to have a career in the health and social care sector. On completion of your programme of study, you can progress to a level 3 programme, an apprenticeship or employment.

Qualification Gained

Upon completion of the programme, you will gain a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care and your English and maths qualifications.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

This qualification is made up of mandatory units and a range of optional units covering key areas of current practice in health and social care such as:
• Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
• Human growth and development
• Safeguarding and protection for health and social care


  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Healthy Living

Learning Methods

Learning will take place in a variety of ways, including:

  • Examination
  • Assignments
  • Classroom based lessons
  • Simulation room activities
  • Learner centred activities
  • Practical sessions


Assessment Methods

The vocational part of your programme is assessed through coursework. Your English and maths are assessed through exams.

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you may wish to progress to a level 3 programme in Health and Social Care or other Level 3 qualification, depending on your English and maths results. Alternatively, you may wish to embark on an apprenticeship, if so, the College can support you with this. This qualification will also help you to secure employment in a variety of health and social care roles.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the programme you may be able to progress into one of the following roles:

• Care support workers in domiciliary services
• Care support work in supported living
• Community based support workers

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 3-2 (D-E) or equivalent, including English and maths.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.