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Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Health & Social Care at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

With the demographics in the UK changing rapidly and the population living longer, the Health and Social Care sectors will experience huge growth over the next few years.  The Cambridge Technical at Level 2 offers students a broad and in-depth foundation for either the modern workplace or further studies.

Learners will benefit from gaining a number of mandatory units as well as a range of specialist units.  

Units of study include:

•  Communication in Health and Social Care
•  Individual rights in Health and Social Care
•  Individual needs in Health and Social Care
•  Ensuring safe environments in Health and Social Care
•  Cultural diversity in Health and Social Care
•  Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care
•  Creative therapeutic activities in Health and Social Care
•  The impact of diet on health

This is a full-time 1 year course.  You will spend 3 days per week in College, one study day and you will be expected to undertake a voluntary work experience placement on the other day.

In addition to the main vocational qualification, learners will be required to study an English and Maths programme tailored to their individual needs.

There will be a cost to students of £120 which includes a security check (DBS), course materials and kit. 19+ fees apply.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, or successful completion of a full level 1 in Health and Social Care or Early Years (or equivalent).In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Your tutors will use a variety of assessment methods such as case studies, projects and presentations to obtain evidence of your skills and knowledge to date.  You may also be given work-based or time-constrained assignments where you performance will be observed and assessed.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the BTEC Level 2 Certificate  will enable you to progress on to the Level  3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. Alternatively you could apply for any level 3 course (subject to specific course requirements) You may also seek employment in the  Health and Social Care sector at an assistant, in a non-supervisory role.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 05 September 2018
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