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Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care – Level 2

You will gain knowledge and skills essential for a career within health and social care. You will attend placement and have the opportunity to develop work-related skills in a health or social care environment.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Health
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

You will gain a range of knowledge and skills essential to start your career within health and social care.  The course requires attendance at a health or social care setting in which you will practice your knowledge and skills. This is an ideal course for students who may wish to progress onto level 3 or resit their Maths GCSE.

You will need:

GCSE English Language at a grade 4 or above

GCSE Maths at a grade 3 or above

3 further GCSE’s with a grade 3 / 4 profile or a level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care grade Merit/Merit.

Units include:

Human Lifespan Development

Health and Social Care Values

Vocational Experience in Health and Social Care

Carrying out a Research Project in Health and Social Care

Infection Control in Health and Social Care

Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

You will also develop your skills in maths to support your main study programme.

This course will be delivered on-site.

You will need practical, smart clothing and shoes for attendance at your placement.  You will also have to cover the travel costs to get to and from placement.

Assessment is through examinations and course work.  You will develop a portfolio of evidence that includes written assessments, presentations, displays, academic posters and practical tasks.  An overall grade is given at the end of the year.  The maths GCSE is an exam.

Further study

If you gain an overall Merit or Distinction on this course and achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE maths you may be able to progress to Level 3.


A variety of  health or social care job roles or apprenticeship.

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 25, 2024 11:59 am