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Health and Social Care Level 2 at Malvern Hills College

Course description

The Health and Social Care tutors have a wealth of experience, from a variety of care settings, which our students benefit from. The courses on offer provide students with the opportunity to progress on to study at university in areas such as nursing and social work, or to move into employment in a range of care settings.

Work experience is an important part of the Level 2 and Level 3 full-time Health and Social Care courses, providing invaluable hands on, practical experience. Theory is also an important part of the courses, giving students the underpinning knowledge so that they are confident when working with client groups with different needs. Students studying on the Apprenticeship programme study at College one day each week and spend the remainder of the week in their place of work, where they are assessed regularly on their abilities and skills by a dedicated assessor. Studying Health and Social Care can lead to a rewarding career and provide the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.

This course is ideal for those who want to take their first step into the Health and Social Care Sector.

Course content

What’s involved?

Between 11- 13 units will be studied, based around practical skills and key areas:

• Mandatory units include Human Lifespan Development, Values in Health and Social Care, Communication, Equality, Diversity and Health Living
• Optional specialist units include Vocational Experience, Creative and Therapeutic Activities and Introduction to Dementia.

As part of your study programme you will study Maths, English or Employability qualificatins at a suitable level.

You will have 110 hours of work placement.

How will I be studying?

You will complete written and practical activities, take part in discussions and role play, participate in work experience, as well as taking part in enrichment activities, such as visits to social care environments.

Entry requirements

You need to have four GCSEs at Grades D or above, to include a C in English or a BTEC Level 1 Diploma, and a suitable standard of literacy. Mature students with relevant work or life experience may not need to fulfil entry requirements, as long as they can demonstrate they are academically capable of working at this level. All applicants will require a DBS (formerly CRB) check and need to have a successful interview.


Most assessment is based on course work. 12% of course will be assessed via external exam.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care course you can move straight onto work in a health and social care setting, or you may be considered for progression onto a Level 3 course such as Health and Social Care or Childcare and Education. Mature students could apply to join the Level 3 Access to Higher Education course or move into employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 August 2016

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    • The Malvern campus has been a centre of excellence for Art and Crafts for many years. Malvern town centre is nearby with its leisure, theatre and shopping facilities and fabulous backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

      The campus has...

      ·         Professional hair and beauty therapy salons.

      ·         Dedicated hair and beauty teaching facilities.

      ·         Several art and crafts studios.

      ·         Exhibits of the students’ work.

      ·         The Malvern Community Learning Centre.

      ·         Fully equipped IT facilities.

      In addition to the Learning Resources Centre, and the Refectory.