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Health and Social Care Level 2 Vocational at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a practical, work-related course. It introduces students to the employment area of health and social care and provides a good basis for them to go onto a more advanced work-related qualification. The course is equivalent to two GCSEs, grades •-C and may be studied in conjunction with any of the other Level 2 Certificates, eg Children's Play, Learning and Development, and GCSEs. Specialist units enable them to study a particular area in depth.The units are Communication; Vocational Experience in a Health or Social Care Setting; Ensuring safe environments in Health and Social Care and The Impact of Diet on Health. Students are required to complete two periods of work experience in two different health and social care settings as part of this course. 

Course content

Students will be taught by very well-qualified and experienced teachers. The teaching will include a variety of modem styles. The lessons are further brought to life by exciting activities including group discussions, debates and student presentations There is an enthusiastic and caring atmosphere in the department and individual tutorials are regularly available to all students as part of their studies. There are close links with the local community and outside speakers who are specialists in a particular area are frequent visitors into lessons. 

Entry requirements

If a student does not have either GCSE Maths and/or English Language this must form part of their programme. Where a student has a high average GCSE score but needs to take both GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language then they will do this in combination with 2 or 3 AS levels or BTEC Certificates, or a BTEC 90-credit Diploma.

Ability to meet course deadlines


All units are assignment based and are assessed and graded. One overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Financial information

Two separate weeks of work experience*. Students must be police checked through DBS: approx £44

Future opportunities

With further training or study, students go on to careers such as nursing, social work, teaching and residential care management. Students could get a job straight away in registered care homes, hospitals and primary care trusts, nursing homes and health centres.

Further information

Resources and Facilities 
The Level 2 Extended Certificate is taught in the department of Sport, Health and Psychology. There are four teaching rooms, all of which contain up-to-date teaching resources. The learning environment is designed to allow students to participate in both theoretical and practical activities. There is a wide range of suitable books and periodicals within the department and the Learning Resources Centre to aid learning. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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