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Health and Social Care Open Award Diploma Level 2 at St Helens College

Course description

With this course, you'll learn all the skills and knowledge you need to excel within the health care sector including anatomy and physiology, understanding dementia, nutrition and healthcare practice.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake work experience to provide an insight into your chosen career and to improve your employability.

Course content

During this course, you will cover:

  • Healthcare practice
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Understanding dementia
  • The sociology of health
  • Nutrition
  • Social psychology

In addition to this, students will also undertake a 100+ work placement, which we will support you to secure.

Previous students have secured placements with Whiston Hospital, Lansbury Bridge, Willowbrook Hospice, Sue Gill Nursery and Adamstan House.

Entry requirements

You need four GCSEs at grade D or above. Students will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course.*

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

*A DBS costs £42 and can be claimed back at the end of this course.


You will be assessed through written assignments, reports, presentations and leaflets or guides for workers in the sector.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

You may choose to progress into employment and begin your career as a health care assistant, support worker or a personal care assistant.

Alternatively, you could continue your studies with us at level 3, furthering your skills, knowledge and experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 August 2016

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