Health & Social Care

Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 2 (Pre-T Level)

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Health & Social Care, OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma {FL2} AF-HESC2D-D(0000)003

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 years)

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Many students who are thinking about working with people, especially the young or the elderly, choose to study Health and Social Care. You’ll look at very important skills such as communication, teamwork and understanding of the care values that will help you to become a professional carer. You’ll also cover units in Health and Safety, Health and Social Care Services and Individual Needs. Much of your work will involve writing short reports or producing leaflets and posters that might be used in a care setting. You’ll also undertake a week of work experience where you’ll be able to try out some of the skills you have learnt. Many students continue onto Level 3 and then to university.

You should normally have achieved a grade 3 profile at GCSE.

To study this course, you should also have an interest in working with people.

You must have a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

The Cambridge Technical Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care course is divided into units (subjects) and there are two types of unit, which make up any one course. The course consists of four core units and four optional units. The core units are studied by all students nationally. The optional units are chosen by the College from a list provided by the examination board OCR.

In addition, you will study English and Mathematics at a level appropriate for you unless you already have a GCSE grade (9-4).

A team of lecturers teach the course, which lasts one year and is coordinated by a programme manager, you will also have a tutor. The team meets regularly to plan and coordinate assignments and activities and to discuss students’ progress.

You will have a mixture of formal and less formal learning experiences. Some sessions will be in the form of lectures but you will also participate in a mixture of activities – whether working individually or in groups. You will participate in role-plays, discussions and presentations.

To achieve the CTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care, you need to complete and pass all eight units.

All eight of the units (four core, four optional), will be assessed through coursework, which will be set.

Textbook £20 and College polo shirt £12.

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student