Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

This broad course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills you need for working in health and social care settings.

You will have a genuine interest in working with people from all life stages, have a considerate and empathetic nature and be highly motivated to pursue a career in this field.

Type of study

Availability & Details

Health and Social Care, BTEC First Diploma SF-HESC2D-D(1718)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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Applicants must have a genuine interest in working with people and have a caring personality. They must be highly motivated and be able to show a commitment to the caring profession. Students must have achieved four GCSEs at grade D or above including English Language or Mathematics or other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications may be considered. Entry to the course is also subject to a successful interview.

This course covers a broad range of subjects that focus on health and social care settings, including:

  • Understanding disabilty
  • Human body systems
  • Infection control
  • Care values
  • Health promotion
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Equality and diversity
  • Human lifespan
  • Healthy living
  • Care services
  • Food safety and individual rights in health and social care

In addition, you’ll undertake 90 hours of compulsory work experience in a variety of care environments. 


You will learn through a range of theory based methods, including: discussion, academic posters, presentations, role-play, written assignments, displays and exams.

This course will also encourage you to develop the range of skills associated with teamwork and communication. 

The work is internally and externally assessed. Internal assessment is carried out via assignment based units which will be marked by individual unit lecturers. External assessment is undertaken by completion of two examined units, these units are assessed by the awarding body. All units are graded to pass, merit or distinction depending on quality and criteria achieved.

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Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student


Students achieving double merit grades may apply for a BTEC Level 3 course in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, students can apply for jobs within the Health & Social Care field.