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Health and Social Care Level 2 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

These courses will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of the health, social care and early years sector and allow you to explore the settings, job roles and values involved.
A new BTEC nursing route at Level 3 is available for students aiming for a nursing career.
Our students have gone on to gain places on highly competitive university courses in, among others, adult nursing, paediatric nursing, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work and midwifery.

Course content

Human Lifespan Development :

This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated.
Health and Social Care Values :

In this unit you will gain an understanding of how these care values are applied in health and social care settings, and their importance to work in the sector. You will apply these values in practice. Through this activity you will develop skills that will be of use in all careers in the health and social care sector.
Effective Communication in Health and Social Care :

This unit will allow you to investigate the different forms of communication and how they are used effectively in health and social care. You will look at the importance of using clear speech, body language that shows that you want to help people, and active listening skills that show you are interested in what people are saying.
Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care :

In this unit you will explore the importance of non-discriminatory practice in health and social care by looking at what discriminatory and non-discriminatory practice look like in health and social care and the impact of both in relation to service users and those who work in the sector.
Individual Rights in Health and Social Care :

This unit investigates the rights of individuals using health and social care services, including the right to be respected, the right to be treated equally and fairly, and the right not to be discriminated against.
Healthy Living :

This unit gives you the opportunity to explore how healthy and unhealthy lifestyle choices impact on health and wellbeing.
Further units studied:
Vocational Experience in Health and Social Care
Introduction to Dementia
Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

Entry requirements

The  DBS check (criminal records check ) will be completed in college during  the first week of the programme. This means that all students must bring in  a variety of current original identification that has the home address and their name, or their legal name and birth date e.g. birth certificate, passport, national insurance letter, recent  bill or recent wage slip.


• Coursework
• Portfolio of evidence
• Observation
• Presentation
• Placement Tasks
• Oral Assessment
• Role Play
• 2 x 60 minute exams

Future opportunities

Taking a degree at university in Health and Social Care is certainly an option and would typically lead onto a career either in:
• Nursing (Adult, Paediatrics, Mental Health, Disability)
• Teaching (If the certificate is studied alongside 3 A-Levels)
• A research post for the likes of the NHS
• Paramedic
• Occupational Therapy
• Physiotherapy (with a science)
• Social Work
However it is far more popular that students finishing with a qualification in Health and Social Care will progress into employment within the field, for example in:
• Health care assistant roles
• Mental health assistant roles
• Social Support (Social Services)
• Various Early Years Provision
• Working with special educational needs
• Family support worker
A most popular career choice among our own students, with 90% progressing to this field, is employment in adult nursing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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