About the 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. It offers an insight into health and social care and provides the opportunity to develop the skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study or employment in this area.
The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2 consists of two core units, two mandatory units and five specialist units.
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development Exam assessed unit
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 9: Healthy Living Exam assessed unit
- The specialist units are:
Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing
Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
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 Social Care
On your programme you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4.
Work experience is an invaluable part of your study programme and will help to guarantee that you are prepared for the working environment on completion of your studies. Many, if not all of employers and Higher Education providers will expect that learners have successfully completed work experience in a vocationally related area, in order to be offered employment or progression on to a higher level course of study. This work experience placement forms part of this course and also forms part of many course assessments within your college study programme.
We will discuss your placement with you and take into account where you live and what career you would like to do in the future. Students usually work in settings such as nurseries, state and private hospitals, schools, nursing homes, day care centres, special needs centres, rehabilitation centres and youth and community organisations.
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 £44. (Please be aware that this may change.)
You will also need a course revision book to assist in preparation in examined units.
Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits, residential courses, presentations by guest speakers such as nurses, therapists and care workers. Health and social care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities.
You also have the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid at work.
Staff and Facilities
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers.
The Sheffield College has excellent facilities for our health and social care students, which include well-equipped learning areas, and also has a mock ward at City Campus.
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.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English Language.