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Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 2 (HSC1) at Barnsley College

Course description

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a positive way and at the same time gain skills, then a qualification in Health and Social Care is the route for you! This Level 2 Extended Diploma is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you to prepare for employment.

Course content

The course will be delivered over 12 hours per week. You will have the opportunity to explore health and social care and develop your knowledge to successfully progress to study at Level 3 or apply for employment in health and social care at a trainee level.

You will complete 7 units throughout the year in College and you will also be expected to participate in a minimum of 120 hours work experience, which will be organised by the department.

There is a mixture of study methods employed on the programme, these being practical exercises, group workshops, discussions, assignments and presentations to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning. The course has 7 units which you must achieve in order to be accredited with the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.


  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care

Optional Units (2 required)

  • Health and well-being
  • Dementia awareness
  • Creative activities in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Common care disorders
  • End of life care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Learning disability
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Nutrition for health and social care

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade A* to D/3 including GCSE English and maths at grade 3 or Level 1 Health and Social Care plus Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • All students will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  •  In addition we require a good school/college report, with regards to attendance, punctuality and standard of behaviour.


You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. posters, leaflets, a report or an assignment.  You will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a D grade for all your assignment work, this includes attending your work experience and successfully passing all your units to be awarded the NCFE CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. You will need a minimum of a C grade and GCSE English grade C to progress into Level 3.

Financial information

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

On completion of this programme, you could progress onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care  or into a range of job roles within the health and social care sector such as:

  • Care Support Workers in Adult Residential Settings
  • Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
  • Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services
  • Community-Based Support Workers.

Achievement of this qualification will equip learners with knowledge and understanding across a range of subject areas, which will enable progression to further learning at Level 3, for example:

  • Types and functions of provision
  • Legislation, frameworks, policies, procedures and codes of practice
  • Roles and responsibilities of health and social care practitioners
  • Care values
  • Human growth and development through the life span
  • Health, well-being and care needs
  • Partnership working
  • Health and social care priorities.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 16 August 2018
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