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Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

This study programme is designed to give you a thorough introduction to working in the different health and social care settings, including children, adults and the elderly. It covers the theory you'll need to understand how to meet the needs of different service users.

Course content

As this programme is designed to give you an introduction to working in different health and social care settings, the topics covered are designed to help you understand how to meet the needs of different service users.

Topics include: 

  • Communication - forms and contexts of communication as well as analysing barriers to communication. Learning to self assess your own communication skills.
  • Individual needs - person centred planning and support. Key care values and legislation.
  • Human lifespan development - looking at how individuals develop from birth to old age. Learning about physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs.
  • Safe working environments - hazards in everyday settings, risk assessments and knowing what staff must do to avoid harm to service users.

This is a full time Level 2 programme aimed at helping students gain knowledge and skills in dealing with service users and understanding how to meet their needs.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

At your interview, you will need to show that you have a real interest in working in the health and social care sectors.

You will also need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Most of this programme is assessed through coursework and assignments. This means you will have a lot of work which must be typed up on a computer. You will be expected to hand your work in on time so it can be marked and handed back to you. Subjects are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction so the more effort you put in the higher grade you are likely to achieve.

Some parts of this programme, such as maths and English, are assessed by a final exam and you will have the opportunity to work through practice papers so you are prepared for this exam.

For GCSE English you will be assessed by course work and by a final exam. GCSE maths is assessed by an exam at the end of the course. Functional Skills Maths and English are also assessed by a final exam. The people teaching you will make sure you are fully prepared for your exams.

Future opportunities

On successful completion, you could apply for our Level 2 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship or the Level 3 Health and Social Care Programme or another Level 3 vocational study programme.

If you are applying for Level 3, you will need to achieve at least a Merit for the BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification.

Further information

The college has its own computer system and you will be provided with log in details and shown how to use this system. Part of this system is called the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and the team who teach you will put presentations, assignments and other resources that you need for your course on it. You can copy these resources onto your memory stick to help with course work at home. If you have Internet access at home you will be able to access the VLE from your home computer.

Most classrooms have a modern interactive white board. The college library has a good stock of health and social care books and you can borrow laptops overnight or for a weekend. There are also two study centres where you can book a computer to complete your college work. The staff in the study centres are always willing to help student find resources and information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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