Health & Social Care Level 2

Start Date
Course Course
Health & Social Care
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

This course is ideal for people who are interested in a career in the health and social care sector. This could include caring for elderly people in a care home, working with adults or children with learning disabilities or helping people recover from illness or injury in a hospital or care centre. At Level 2 you'll develop and build on the skills and knowledge acquired at Level 1.

Key Units

The BTEC First Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2 consists of two core units, two mandatory units and five specialist units.

Core Units

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam assessed unit)
  • Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
Mandatory Units
  • Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 9: Healthy Living (Exam assessed unit)
Specialist Units
  • Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Well-being
  • Unit 5: Promoting Health and Well-being 
  • Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Well-being
  • Unit 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 10: Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Well-being
On your programme you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum of grade C/4 at GCSE level.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A* - D / grade 3 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language.


  • Coursework
  • 2 exams
  • Written assginments
  • Worksheets
  • Role-plays
  • Practical assessments
  • Observations
  • Photographic records
  • Workbooks

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to one of our Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses or other Level 3 courses. We expect students to be aiming for at least a merit grade at Level 2 to support good progression to Level 3.

Future Opportunities

The health and social care sector offers an extensive choice of careers. 

Future employment opportunities could include working as:
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Home Carer
  • Care Assistant
  • Other support service roles
Students can also apply for The Sheffield College Apprenticeship programmes in areas such as Hospital Care or Childcare.

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Will the course suit me?
An ideal person for this course is one who is interested in caring for vulnerable people of all ages and abilities in a care capacity. It is an advantage to be a patient person who enjoys helping people.

Extra Costs

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is £52. (Please be aware that this may change).  

The cost of any trips and visits are kept to a minimum. You will also need a course revision book to assist in preparation in examined units.

Please note that there will be a charge for any retake of examinations.

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.

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