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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care course is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that you will need to prepare for employment within a wide range of caring services. It also provides you with the opportunity to potentially progress onto the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Level 2 course takes one year to complete. You will learn about many aspects of caring for others and may have the opportunity to carry out a week’s work experience within a care setting towards the end of your course. This will enable you to put the learning you have gained in the classroom into practice in a relevant workplace. Modules include: health and social care values, effective communications, healthy living, impact of nutrition on health, human body systems and care of disorders, creative and therapeutic activities in a health and social care setting.

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Maths and English

Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need four GCSEs at grade D (3) or above or an equivalent qualification such as the Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care.


There are two examinations that will be completed during your course. You will be assessed using a variety of methods such as written course work, presentations, role play and practical observation. These will all count towards your final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

On completion of the Level 2 course you can go on to study further by progressing to the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Alternatively you can choose to start an apprenticeship within a caring environment and continue to study with us on a part time basis. Advice and support is also offered from lecturers and the Young People’s Service based within the college, on employment opportunities in the workplace.

Further information

You will be supported on your course by a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your targets. Throughout your course there will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities and organised trips that will support your learning. Many of our resources can be accessed both at college and from home using our intranet service and we also have a well-equipped Learning Resources Centre.

For more information contact Louise Mitchell, Curriculum Leader in Health & Social Care by emailing or calling 01782254628


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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