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Health and Social Care Level 2

Course Overview

The purpose of this level 2 qualification is to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the health and social care sector. The course gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of knowledge and skills in the health and social care sector, e.g. the underpinning care values and an understanding of the different life stages that individuals go through.

What topics are covered?

There are six academic units to study and some opportunity for practical work experience.


Topics may include:

  • Communication and rights
  • Individual needs in health and social care
  • Cultural diversity in health and social care
  • Vocational experience in health and social care
  • Human lifespan development
  • Health and social care services


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

Four full GCSE’s at grade D/3 or above including English language and maths; or a BTEC Level 1 Certificate / Diploma in a related subject, or relevant work experience.
Interview with course leader.


You will also need to clear a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check after successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this document for more information.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

How will I learn?

You will learn through classroom-based studies and practical experience including working with clients of different ages.

What hours will I be in college?

Usually three – four days in College each week, with some time spent working in health and social care settings during the course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework and assessment in related settings.

What can I do after this course?

Progress to the Health and Social Care Level 3 course or to the Children’ s Care, Learning and Development Level 3 course.

Move on to employment in the health and social care sector.

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee
A polo shirt to wear in practice
Disclosure and Barring Service check
Stationery (including pens/paper/glue sticks/plastic wallets etc.), folders for personal use and one or more large files for your completed course work

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus or the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus, depending upon where you have chosen to do this course.

What else do I need to know?

If you are employed you may be eligible to become an apprentice. For more information on work-based learning options and apprenticeships please visit our Apprenticeships page.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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