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Skills in Health and Social Care Level 2 Gateway Diploma at City College Plymouth

Course description

Do you want to work in care? This study programme is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to either immediately work in or progress to further study for a career within health and social care. Throughout the year you will cover units specific to the care sector, in particular older care, together with opportunities to enhance your transferable employability skills. 

Course content

Gateway Level 2 Diploma units of study:

  • duty of care
  • health communication
  • equality and inclusion
  • working in health and social care
  • understanding how to handle information
  • care of the elderly
  • person centred approaches
  • dementia awareness
  • stroke awareness
  • introduction to autism
  • introduction to mental illness
  • dealing with loss and grief
  • searching for a job
  • interview skills
  • preparing for an interview
  • preparing for work placement
  • learning from work placement.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grades D - F (including English at grade D)
  • A BTEC level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • An NVQ level 1/technical certificate
  • Equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

As with any care or childcare course, once you have accepted the offer of a place, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; this will be discussed at interview and you will be expected to contribute £22 towards the DBS check.

Since October 2014, all students undertaking work experience in child care settings are required to sign an additional declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from working with children ‘by association’; this means that you confirm, to the best of your knowledge, that you are not living in the same household as an individual who is disqualified from working with children/young people.


A portfolio of evidence will be submitted for assessment and there are no formal examinations. 

Future opportunities

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • the level 3 health and social care or childcare courses at the College
  • employment in the health and social care industry.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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