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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 1 and 2 First Extended Certificate at Highbury College

Course description

This programme gives you the skills and knowledge to start a career in caring for babies, children, young adults, adults, people with disabilities and the elderly.

This programme is suitable for school leavers and mature students with suitable qualifications and life experience.

Course content

The programme includes two external exams based on Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living.

The Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of 2 Core units, 2 Mandatory units and 4 to 6 optional units from the following:

  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Carrying Out a Vocationally-related Project.

You will have the opportunity to study GCSE maths or English providing you achieved a D grade at school. If you GCSE grade is lower than you will study Functional Skills Maths or English

Functional Skills are essential skills in English and Maths that enable everyone to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. They reinforce skills in communication, problem solving, listening and time management. Better functional skills can mean a better future – as students or as an employee and in everyday life.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs A* - D including English and Maths, or a full Level 1 qualification with literacy and numeracy at an appropriate level.

Applicants who have fewer formal entry qualifications and prior experience will be considered.

A willingness to work in the industry and the ability to succeed are also very important.


You will learn and be assessed by range of methods including projects, presentations, role play, assignments, displays, practical lessons.

You will also complete two external exams.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme you could progress on to the full-time BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Health and Social Care or take a work-based qualification at Level 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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