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Health and Social Care Level 2 Diploma at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Health and social care is a broad term that relates to integrated services that are available from health and social care providers. As a subject health and social care combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law and ethics. Students on health and social care courses always have some work experience alongside their academic studies, such a placement in a nursery, residential home, hospital or other caring establishment. There are many employment opportunities with substantial government support.

Course content

You will study a number of mandatory units to develop the skills required within the health and social care sector as well as optional units that focus on specialist areas of work within health and social care. You will also undertake a work placement in a relevant setting during your period of study.

Examples of units

  • Communication in health and social care
  • Individual rights in health and social care
  • Human lifespan development

Entry requirements

You will need:

4 GCSEs at grade D including English and Maths at a grade 3
a pass in all modules of a Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care and GCSE English and Maths at a grade 3.


The course is assessed continuously through assignments. These may be written projects, presentations or discussions but will also include practical assessments on your work placement.

Financial information

You will need 1 textbook at a cost of approximately £20. You will need a DBS, to determine your suitability as a 'fit' person to work with children and vulnerable people, which is currently £70. You will have to pay travel costs to your work placement and for any visits that are connected to the course.

Future opportunities

Because the course combines theory with practical activities and work experience, it is possible to gain employment in the care sector while you complete it. You may be able to do an QCF level 2 or 3 whilst you are employed.

If you would prefer to continue your education you may be able to progress to the level 3 diploma in health and social care provided you have the required entry points. This could lead on to higher education. Alternatively, you might progress onto one of the childcare courses which in turn lead to employment working with children. You will also be required to have passed maths and English GCSE at grade C or achieve passes at level 2 functional skills in communications and application of number.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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