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Health and Social Care Certificate 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you have already developed a keen interest in health and social care and are eager to deepen your knowledge and develop the skills that employers are looking for, then this Level 2 Extended Certificate is the course for you. This is an exciting, practical health and social care course, designed to give you a more focused look at the industry and widen your experience of the topics that are central to this sector. You’ll begin by looking at the core values of health and social care, as well as exploring the key aspects of effective communication and the importance of equality and diversity. You’ll learn all about human lifespan development, to understand how different stages of a person’s life affect the care and support they require. A big part of the course then focuses on healthy living, and how to promote health and wellbeing amongst those people you may be working with in the future.

Entry requirements

If you’d like to enrol on this Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care, you’ll need to have at least 4 GCSEs in total, at grade D or above – including both English and Maths at grade D. Alternatively, you’ll have passed the Level 1 Health and Social Care Diploma. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


You’ll be assessed in two different ways for this Level 2 Health and Social Care Certificate. For the Healthy Living and Human Lifespan Development modules you’ll complete a 60-minute exam. For the remaining units, you’ll complete coursework that will include practical assessments, essays and presentations.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With the knowledge and qualification earned on this Level 2 course, you’ll have everything you need to advance onto the BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care Extended Diploma with us at The Manchester College and take your skills even further. This will provide you with the stepping stone to higher education courses that could help you go into prominent roles in the sector including social work, nursing, midwifery and much more! Or, you could even enter the working world with the Level 2 certificate, in a role as a teaching assistant, carer, or pharmacy assistant.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.