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Health and Social Care Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma at Alton College

Course description

This is a one year course for anyone who is interested in working with people especially those groups such as the young or the elderly who need extra help or support. Although many students go on to follow careers in one of the caring professions, others go on to work in retail, catering, animal care or the police. It is equivalent to four GCSEs at A* - C. You will study a variety of topics including personal development, job roles, communication skills, first aid, hygiene, safety, and practical caring.

Course content

Lessons in the classroom will include a mixture of formats including group work, individual activities, guest speakers, role plays, using case studies and some formal note-taking sessions. Some study support is provided in College to help students with their assignments and other homework. Students should also expect to spend up to ten hours per week outside of lessons on homework. You will also undertake a week’s work experience in a health or social care setting.

Entry requirements

Students studying a Level 2 Cambridge Technical programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of at least 3.0 or above including a D in Mathematics and English or a Merit in the BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies.


You will study a total of up to 8 units during this one year course. The units are divided into four mandatory units, and up to 4 optional units. All assessed by coursework – assessed through written work, presentations, practical projects and staff observations.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own textbook and stationery. Any further costs are outlined below:

Essential: £20 for textbooks

In addition you may need to pay for a DBS check, if you have not already had one.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

After the course, many students who achieve a Merit or Distinction grade have the opportunity to go on to study the Cambridge Technicals at Level 3 in Health and Social Care or Childcare. Amy achieved a distinction grade and is going on to study Child Care and Education with a view to teaching early years. Dan also gained a Merit and is continuing in College to study Level 3 Health and Social Care. Rebecca enjoyed her care work and has a job working with older people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alton College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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