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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care (603/0395/5)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the care industry.

The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care (603/3293/1)* provides students with the knowledge and understanding of child development and wellbeing necessary when preparing for working with children in a variety of settings.

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

In the UK, there are approximately 2 million childcare places for children aged under five and there are career roles available in many different types of early years settings, ranging from childminders and nannies to nurseries, crèches and pre-schools. Knowledge of child development is also important in a variety of healthcare roles such as paediatrician, psychologist, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in working with people and/or children in a caring capacity.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

For the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care you will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Human lifespan development – explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time. Investigate how various factors, events and choices impact an individual’s growth and development. Discover how people adapt to life events and cope with making changes.

Weighting: 30% of the qualification
Assessment: Internal

  • Health and social care services and values – learn about available health and social care services. Identify why people might need to use these services and explore what may stop people from accessing the services they need.

Weighting: 30% of the qualification
Assessment: Internal

  • Health and wellbeing – learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people and explore the factors that might influence health and wellbeing. Assess a client and create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person, with targets and recommendations of support services available.

Weighting: 40% of the qualification
Assessment: External assessed task

For the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care, you will also need to complete three mandatory units which relate to children aged 0-5 years old:

  • An introduction to working with children - learn how to prepare for working in settings with children and the responsibilities of early years workers. Gain an insight into your preferred learning style and develop your ability to study.

Weighting: 12.5% of the qualification
Assessment: Internal

  • Development and wellbeing – discover ways of observing children so that you can support development through appropriate activities and care routines. Learn how to work with children when they move from one setting to another.

Weighting: 37.5% of the qualification
Assessment: Internal

  • Childcare and development – learn about the different types of care settings and your responsibilities when working with children and understand how children develop, what can affect their development and the individual needs they may have. Demonstrate ways of caring for children and explore simple activities that help them to develop in a healthy and safe way.

Weighting: 50% of the qualification
Assessment: External examination

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments, externally assessed tasks and an external examination.

All units must be successfully completed to gain each of the qualifications.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • A Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or Childcare
  • The T Level in Education and Childcare
  • The T Level in Health
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Social Worker
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Special Educational Needs Support Worker
  • Children’s Centre Practitioner
  • Counsellor
  • Health Visitor

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse.
As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall.
Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College. She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently.
She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.


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