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Health & Social Care BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

If you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives, then studying Health and Social Care is for you. To study Health & Social Care you need to be interested in working with people and want to develop a greater understanding about how Health & Social Care professionals, such as nurses or social workers support individuals when they might need help. This might be by understanding the support that early years workers can give to children or helping an elderly service user with dementia to enjoy a creative activity.  

Course content

Students will study the following units:

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development (exam)

Unit 2 - Health and Social Care Values

Unit 3 - Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 9 - Healthy Living (exam)

Unit 5 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Unit 6 - The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Unit 7 - Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Unit 8 - Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit 11 - Services in Health and Social Care

Unit 12 - Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

Unit 14 - The Early Years Sector

Entry requirements

  • Achieve mostly grade D at GCSE level
  • Interested in working in the health, social care or social field. It is essential for students to have a caring nature as this is a necessary quality in this field.


You will study 11 units in total. There are 9 internal assessment (coursework) units and 2 external assessment (exam) units. The external exam units are:

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development

Unit 9 – Healthy Living

Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

The BTEC First is a stepping stone for employment in caring work as many organisations require staff to be at least 18. 18 year olds could apply for healthcare assistant work in hospitals; other job roles include playgroup assistant, teaching assistant, etc. You will develop a range of skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, etc.   

The BTEC First Health and Social Care Extended Certificate can also lead to the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC National Award in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • CACHE Early Years Educator Qualification
  • Apprenticeships

Further information

Throughout the BTEC course, students will develop their exam and assignment writing skills. As part of the course, students will take part in a variety of activities including visits, group assignments, presentations and observations. A large amount of research work is required and students are expected to use a number of information sources such as textbooks, the internet, TV and newspapers.

There is a 2 week work experience in the spring term to reinforce the student’s knowledge and understanding of health and social care settings.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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