Health and Social Care level 2 Diploma at Sheffield College
About the course
This course is ideal for people who are interested in a career in the health and social care sector. This could include caring for elderly people in a care home, working with adults or children with learning disabilities or helping people recover from illness or injury in a hospital or care centre.
It offers an insight into health and social care and provides the opportunity to develop the skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study or employment in this area.
The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2 consists of two core units, two mandatory units and five specialist units.
- The core units are:
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – Exam assessed unit
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
- The mandatory units are:
Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 9: Healthy Living – Exam assessed unit
- Specialist units are:
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 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
Unit 10: Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
On your programme you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4.
Work experience is an invaluable part of your study programme and will help to guarantee that you are prepared for the working environment on completion of your studies. Many, if not all of employers and Higher Education providers will expect that learners have successfully completed work experience in a vocationally related area, in order to be offered employment or progression on to a higher level course of study.
This work experience placement forms part of this course and also forms part of many course assessments within your college study programme.
We will discuss your placement with you and take into account where you live and what career you would like to do in the future. Students usually work in setting such as nurseries, state and private hospitals, schools, nursing homes, day care centres, special needs centres, rehabilitation centres and youth and community organisations.
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is £44. (Please be aware that this may change.)
You will also need a course revision book to assist in preparation in examined units.
Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits, residential courses, and presentations by guest speakers such as nurses, therapists and care workers. Health and social care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities.
You also have the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid at work.
Staff and Facilities
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers.
The Sheffield College has excellent facilities for our health and social care students, which include well-equipped learning areas, and also has a mock ward at City Campus.
Will the course suit me?
An ideal person for this course is one who is interested in caring for vulnerable people of all ages and abilities in a care capacity. It is an advantage to be a patient person who enjoys helping people.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English Language
This course is assessed by mainly coursework and two exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks. Please note that there will be a charge for any retake of examinations.
The cost of any trips and visits are kept to a minimum. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to one of our Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses or other Level 3 courses. We expect students to be aiming for at least a merit grade at Level 2 to support good progression to Level 3.
The health and social care sector offers an extensive choice of careers. Future employment opportunities could include working as a health care assistant, home carer, care assistant or in other support service roles. Students can also apply for The Sheffield College Apprenticeship programmes in areas such as Hospital Care or Childcare.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other applicants can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
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.