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Health and Social Care BTEC First Diploma level 2 at Leicester College

Course description

This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of,and develop skills in, the health and social care sector. It will provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study related to health and social care that is particularly suited to post-16 learners who have the relevant interest and aptitude to progress in the sector. It will broaden and deepen learners understanding of careers in health and social care and their attributes. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

A total of 13 units of study cover a wide variety of study of topics which prepare you for work, or further study in the health and social care sector. Topics for study include lifespan development, health and social care values, social influences on health and well being. The programme will also help you to develop skills that are essential for the modern day workplace including team working, working to deadlines and presenting information effectively. A work placement in a health care setting is required as part of this course.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above is required. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with two units having externally set synoptic exams that are externally marked. All other units are internally assessed units where evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including assignments, role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. Assessment is externally examined for both English and maths.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. The materials fee of £150.00 is payable by all learners regardless of financial position. Tuition fees are applicable for anyone aged 19+ and the fees are £950. If you are aged 19+ you will need to pay £44.00 for the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, which is a requirement in order to complete the mandatory work placement element of this course.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Diploma in health and social care provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for level 2 learners to progress to other level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the health and social care sector, to level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically BTEC level 3 National Diploma in health and social care or the BTEC level 3 National Diploma in children's play, learning and development. Alternatively learners can choose to apply for employment working as a health care assistant in a wide variety of health and social settings.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 29 November 2017
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