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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Epping Forest College

Course description

This Vocational course will give you a broad insight into the health and social care sector and could inspire and enthuse you to consider a career within a range of job roles.You will build knowledge and skills learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and gain experience in the workplace. The course includes work experience in a care setting, for which you will need to have DBS clearance. If you have an interest in health and wellbeing and would enjoy working with people in a caring capacity, this could lead to further training and a rewarding career in a variety of roles, e.g. healthcare assistant, key worker, social worker.

You will be given the opportunity to take part in educational trips, talks by outside speakers, fundraising and practical activities

Course content

You will study units including:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Research project
  • Communication
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Nutrition and Health & Wellbeing

As part of your Learning Programme you will also study Maths and English, working towards an A-C GCSE grade, if you have not yet achieved this already. This is essential for progression to further education, higher education and many careers. You will also participate in Employability workshops to prepare you for employment.

You will complete a placement of 60 hours in a Health and Social Care setting. This will help you develop your employability skills such as team work and professional conduct as well as broadening your knowledge of care services and careers.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade D and above


Assessment is by coursework, assignments and two external assessments.

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Vocational students across the College are required to wear career-specific clothing. You will also need to bring basic stationery with you, including a USB pen, folder & pens.

Future opportunities

As you learn about Health and Social Care during the course, you will be considering your future career path and exploring the myriad options available. You must pass at Merit/Distinction in the Level 2 vocational course to progress to level 3. The Level 3 Health and Social Care course is a 2-year programme leading to employment or university. You may also choose to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Care (Level 3). Future career options include Nursing, Social Work, Health Care, Housing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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