West Thames College London

Health and Social Care - Level 2

This course will enable you to develop skills in caring within the health and social care sector, including communication, individual rights and individual needs, cultural diversity, anatomy and physiology and human lifespan development. Work experience forms a mandatory part of the course. A merit or distinction in the Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades A*-D and provides a good basis to go on to further qualifications, such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

Key course features


Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma (NQF)

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people who want to work in a health and social care setting.

About the course

You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Human lifespan development
  • Health and social care values
  • Effective communication in health and social care
  • Equality and diversity in health and social care
  • Individual rights in health and social care
  • Healthy living
  • Carrying out a research project in health and social care.

Optional units may include:

  • Human body systems and care of disorders
  • Vocational experience
  • Creative and therapeutic activities in health and social care
  • Social influences on health and wellbeing
  • The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing.
Additional opportunities

Work experience is a mandatory part of your course.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the year you will be given written assignments for each unit and work placement reports. The units "Human lifespan development" and "Healthy living" will be externally assessed.

Where next?
You may progress to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care if you achieve a merit or above and ideally Functional Skills Level 2 in English, or you may wish to do apprenticeship.
Entry requirements

2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above including English language or Level 1 Functional Skills English, or successful completion of a Foundation Level course with functional skills in English and maths. You will need a good reference. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

All students must undertake work experience in a care/childcare setting as part of this course. Work placement settings require students to obtain a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) enhanced check to demonstrate that they are suitable to work with vulnerable people and/or children.


This course is free for students under 19 years but you will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start the course.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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