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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. They are effective because they engage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the work place. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

The BTEC First Certificate aims to:

● Inspire and enthuse you to consider a career in the health and social care sector, or in a related sector where knowledge of health and social care will be of use, such as early years;

● Give you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and skills in, the health and social care sector, e.g. the underpinning care values and an understanding of the different life stages that individuals go through;

● Support progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic health and social care course or an Apprenticeship or, more broadly, progression to qualifications in other sectors, such as early years;

● Give you the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a range of junior job roles across the health and social care sector.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate has been developed to meet the needs of learners with a range of educational requirements. These include learners who are working towards achieving Level 2 English and/or mathematics qualifications in a post-16 setting and wish to complement their study programme with a qualification that supports preparation for work or progression.

Course content

You will study a variety units to gain the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate.

Units include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Human Body Systems
  • Healthy Living
  • Social Influences on Health
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Nutrition

Entry requirements

3 grade Es at GCSE to include English and maths.


The course is assessed through both exams and the development of a portfolio. Each piece of work is graded at pass, merit or distinction. A final overall grade is given on completion of the course.

Throughout the course, students, who are in small groups, have speakers, visits and teaching from specialists in the field. They also participate in student centred learning and research.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Health and Social Care gives access to a range of education opportunities, such as a Level 3 Diploma. Alternatively students could enter straight into employment within a care organisation.

Further information

Students will be placed in a tutor group with others studying the same course. The tutor will provide advice, guidance and support to support students so that they can successfully complete their course and recognise pathways to progression, for example Further Education, training and employment. Support given is wide ranging and any problems experienced by students during their course, either personal or academic, will be addressed as quickly as possible if appropriate with intervention from Student Services. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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