BTEC Level 2 Diploma



Studying BTEC Health and Social Care (HSC) will allow you to study a range of health, early-years and social care issues. It is a varied and interesting subject to study which would give you a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for employment or further study. You will learn about the importance of treating people equally and the legislation and rights underpinning service provision.  You will learn about people, how they grow and develop and study aspects that influence this including diet and nutrition. You will have the opportunity to develop skills, such as in communication, and put these into practice during over 50 hours of work placement. This practical experience will prove invaluable whether you go straight into employment or choose to move onto further study. It will also allow you to experience different client groups and settings such as childcare, elderly or people with learning disabilities in community settings.

To start any BTEC Level 2 course you need to meet the general college entry requirement. In addition you must have 2 GCSEs at grade D and 2 GCSEs at grade E including English.

The L2 Diploma comprises 8 units in total studied over 1 year which are all assessed by coursework. This may include written assignments or practical tasks such as discussions or presentations. These include a unit on professional development which includes over 50 hours of work placement in a setting which you will chose yourself, plus preparation for employment or future study. This opportunity will provide a good insight into careers and opportunities you may be considering. The L2 BTEC Diploma is also a recognised vocational qualification which will allow you to work within certain HSC settings. 

Students learn through a variety of activities. Real life case studies will be used to examine issues around care. Students are encouraged to discuss and share views in small groups. Research will involve studying current documents such as equality legislation.   There are some practical elements including the placement and communication tasks and presentations.

Many Health and Social Care  students progress to careers in Nursing, Social Work , Health Management or allied medical careers such as Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or public services such as the Police. Career progression may be via further study at BTEC Level 3 or through an apprenticeship scheme some students may go straight to a career within the care sector. Health and Social care offers very diverse career structures and opportunities in a field which can only keep expanding with the ever increasing needs of the growing population.

You will study 8 units in total.

Unit title and content
Unit 1 - Communication in Health and Social Care
You will investigate the ways of promoting effective communication, barriers to communication, learn about different forms of communication and show your ability to be able to communicate effectively. The work for this unit is likely to require you to have one to one and group interactions with a variety of people and clients.
Unit 2 - Individual Rights within Health and Social Care
You will explore the issues that need to be considered when working in health and social care environments within a multicultural society. You will investigate the many factors that contribute to a diverse and equal society and the principles and values which underpin the support given to individuals.
Unit 3 - Individual Needs in Health and Social Care
You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills related to meeting individual needs, and explore the influence of these needs on health and wellbeing and how they may be addressed to improve the health and wellbeing of an individual. You will explore different needs in relation to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and consider how needs may vary at different life stages.
Unit 4 - Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and Social Care
You will explore the knowledge and skills related to health and safety issues, including legislation in health and social care environments, risk assessment and the actions that are necessary to minimise potential hazards and risks. You will plan and design a risk assessment and carry it out in a health or social care environment.
Unit 5 - Vocational Experience in a Health and Social Care Setting
In this unit you will prepare for and complete at least 60 hours work experience in a care role in health or social care settings, keeping a record of your placement experiences. You will be required to prepare for your placement by exploring different ways in which an application for a job can be made, then be interviewed and reflect on the effectiveness of the interview skills you used.
Unit 6 - Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care
This unit will introduce you to the knowledge and understanding relating to cultural diversity in health and social care and also develop your understanding of its value and how it can be used to help promote equality of opportunity for service users. In a multicultural society it is important that diversity is recognised, understood and respected by those working in the health and social care sectors.
Unit 8 - Human Lifespan Development
You will develop a knowledge and understanding of different aspects of human growth and development across the main life stages. You will also explore some of the different positive and negative influences which can affect development. This will help you understand and be able to work with people who use health and social care services more effectively.
Unit 10 - Health and Social Care Services
In this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of how health and social care services are provided and develop an insight into government policies which underpin service delivery.