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Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

The Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care has recently been restructured to meet the needs of learners who are interested in careers or Level 3 courses in the sector. It provides learners with an insight into Health and Social Care whilst also keeping a focus on progression.

Course content

The course is a combination of classroom-based learning and on-the-job work placement training and development. This combination will help you to develop clearer career opportunities suitable to your interests, skills and abilities.

Core units

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Carrying Out a Research Project

Mandatory Units

  • Effective Communication
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Individual Rights
  • Healthy Living

Optional Units

  • Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Vocational Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Infection Control
  • Services in Health and Social Care
  • An Introduction to Basic First Aid
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

The essential entry requirements for this course are:

  • Four GCSEs at grades D or above.
  • Successfully completing Level 1 Health and Social Care can access this course. Students must also be able to demonstrate the ability to work at level 2. Evidence of course work, attendance, punctuality records, reference from L1 coordinator will be required.
  • An interview which involves a presentation by staff, and a 1:1 interview with a member of the health & social care team.
  • Two appropriate references, a police record check and a demonstration of commitment to work experience in a caring capacity.

In addition to these essential requirements you need to be able to demonstrate a good attendance record, evidence of recent academic study, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work with others, a commitment to or an interest in a career in Health & Social Care and a positive attitude.


BTEC First Level 2 is assessed through a combination of internally assessed assignments, externally assessed exams and a placement log. Learners will be required to achieve a minimum of 60 hours on work experience placement in order to successfully complete the course.

Future opportunities

This course is a stepping-stone to further development or training. Some students, who complete the course successfully, choose to gain employment in the care sector as nursing auxiliary, classroom assistant or a care assistant in a residential home. With further training or study, students go into careers such as social work, residential care management, housing, nursing, teaching, the probation service, psychology, physiotherapy and midwifery.

You need to make sure you are prepared to study independently and challenge yourself to achieve high standards of success. This course is an opportunity to develop your study skills to be able to progress to a more advanced course or training such as:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Intermediate / Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
  • Certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Certificate / Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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