Health and Social Care - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time


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: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
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

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.