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Health and Social Care level 2 Diploma at Sheffield College

Course description

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

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

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.


Entry requirements

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.

Financial information

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.

Free meals

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.

Travel passes

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:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

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.



Further information

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

Open Days

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.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFFHS1


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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website