Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate Health and Social Care


This Health and Social Care course provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and developing specific knowledge and skills that learners need to work successfully in the care industry.

Course type

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate

Course length

One year

Required qualifications

Successful completion of a broad GCSE or equivalent programme, including two A*-D grades in English Language or Mathematics and another relevant subject, plus a good school reference.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • healthy living
  • effective communication
  • equality and diversity in Health and Social Care
  • services in Health and Social Care
  • the Early Years sector

On the course you will:

  • gain experience through a work placement of working with a range of service users from babies, toddlers, through to adults with specific needs and the elderly
  • develop positive communication skills to support people with a diverse range of needs
  • develop project/self-management and independent learning skills by investigating opportunities for employment in the industry, as well as exploring provision of services in the sector

Method of assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • producing posters and leaflets
  • taking part in role plays and professional discussions
  • witness statements
  • external assessments

What will I be able to progress to?

You will be able to progress onto Level 3 Health and Social Care or Level 3 Childcare.

Other information

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form confirming that you have no criminal convictions that prevent you from working with children or vulnerable adults. It will be administered by the college at the start of the course. The cost is £20 (non-refundable).

Students on a Level 2 Extended Certificate will also be studying towards Maths and/or English Level 2 qualifications if they have a grade D or below at GCSE. Students with Grade C and above in both Maths and English will undertake the Higher Project Qualification alongside their vocational qualification.