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Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC at New College Durham

Course description

You will gain a range of skill and knowledge from studying on this busy course. It is ideal for anyone who wants to progress to further study in the Health and Social Care sector. You will gain a solid understanding of Health and Social Care, covering areas such as lifespan development, health and social care values, effective communication skill, healthy living, equality and diversity enabling you to develop skills relevant to work in health and social care. You will be required to undertake a work placement.

Course content

You will study core and mandatory units. This will help you gain a solid understanding of Health and Social Care, covering areas such as the human lifespan development, individual needs in Health and Social Care, communication skill, healthy living, equality and diversity and individual rights in health and social care. You will also study sector specific units to develop skills relevant to work in health and social care, anatomy and physiology and the impact of diet in health.

60 hours work experience in at least 2 different placements is a compulsory requirement of the course.

Functional Skills will also form part of your programme of study.  Functional Skills are the core elements of English and Math's that will provide learners with essential skills, knowledge and an understanding of how these areas of study operate within the wider context.  They are delivered alongside the main programme and are independently assessed through exams. 

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above, ideally including English and Maths but not essential (or an equivalent related qualification).You must also have a clear DBS (formerly CRB), which is essential for placement requirements. You will also need to attend an interview.

Future opportunities

This course allows the individual to achieve the level 2 in Health and Social Care, you may progress onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care, Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, an Apprenticeship in Care or Early Years or full time employment.

Related careers
Medical practitioner Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.
Care worker or home carer Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.
Houseparent or residential warden Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.
Dental nurse Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.
Ambulance staff (excluding paramedic) Ambulance staff transport sick, injured and convalescent persons and give first aid treatment in emergencies.
Nursing auxiliary or assistant Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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