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Health and Social Care, BTEC Level 1/2 Extended Certificate at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

This Level 2 course is for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector. The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course

Course content

You will study the following units:

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;

Healthy Living;

Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care;  

Individual Rights in Health and Social Care;

Services in Health and Social Care;

Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care;

The Early Years Sector.

In addition, you will complete 2 days of work experience each week in a Health and Social Care setting.

Entry requirements


3 GCSEs grades D-E or 3-2 (support with Resit Maths and English if below a 4)


2 units are assessed externally with students undertaking a written examination.  The other units are assignment based and assessed internally


Future opportunities


Students wishing to progress to a Level 3 course may be apply to complete a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning & Development at Minsthorpe.

 In addition, they could study for a BTEC Subsidiary Award in Health and Social Care at Minsthorpe, alongside other A Level courses.  

In the health and social sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as an apprentice or in a supervised entry role, depending on specific job requirements and age restrictions.

Further information

 Students will have to complete a DBS check on entry to the course.  There will be an extended day on work experience days and students are asked to work to the settings shift patterns.  Some placements may require travel on a bus/train

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year


  • More information
    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.