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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Health & Social Care at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a positive way and at the same time gain skills and a Health and Social Care qualification then this is the course for you. It is a classroom and work-based course which will give you the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen subject or area of work within the health and social care sector.

Course content

The Level 2 Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to 3 GCSEs and covers a wide range of health and social care topics such as;

- Human Lifespan Development

- Healthy Living

- Promoting Health and Wellbeing

- Services in Health and Social Care

- Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

- Effective Communication

- Health and Social Care Sector 

- Health and Social Care Values

- The Impact of Nutrition

- Creative and Therapeutic Activities. 

Learners will also have a work placement in order to gain vocational experience.

Entry requirements

You need a positive attitude towards working with people, young and old, and all their different needs. You will have a commitment to attendance, being punctual and be capable of working in a team as well as independently.


Classroom study will be used to teach you in an informative and interactive way. Support will be provided online and face-toface. Whilst at your placement you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that you have learnt in the classroom, whilst being supervised by experienced practitioners and teachers.

You will be continually assessed via course work and assignments. Assignments let you demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to get a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade, which will determine the overall grade for your BTEC Diploma. You will receive feedback continuously from your assignments but also in regular one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor. Supervisors will complete a report about your placement.

Financial information

There will be costs for materials, day trips and residential visits within the UK and worldwide, as well as for your CRB check.

Future opportunities

This course could lead to the Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. If you wish to progress to Level 3, you need to pass this course with ‘Distinction’ and achieve a C grade in GCSE English. 

What are my career opportunities?

The skills learnt in studying a BTEC will aid progression to further study and/or prepare learners to enter the workplace. In the health and social care sector, typical employment opportunities may be as an apprentice or in a support work or health care role, (depending on specific job requirements and age restrictions).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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