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Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care

Programme outline

You will develop your Health and Social Care skills and get a basis for progressing to employment or more advanced work-related qualifications. There are six modules:
›› communication and rights
›› individual needs in health and social care
›› vocational experience
›› health and social care services
›› diet
›› health and human lifespan development

The course runs three days a week for one year. You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English or ESOL and do a work experience placement for which you will need a DBS check.

What do I need to get on the course?

Level 1 Health and Social Care (pass) plus a College assessment and an appropriate level of English.

Where does it lead?

Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or employment as a care worker or support worker with a variety of client groups.

How will I learn?

You will take part in a variety of lively discussions, projects and classroom based activities such as designing a healthcare plan or presenting a case study. You will also do a 3 week work placement to reinforce your learning which will involve applying your skills and keeping a diary of what you have learnt. You will also have language classes and a maths lesson to reinforce the skills you will need in the workplace, for further study and for daily life.

How will the learning be examined or assessed?

For the vocational qualifications you will produce a portfolio of evidence which may include completed assignments, presentations and activities delivered in class and a work placement diary. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course to ensure you stay on track. The work is internally assessed and graded. In addition you will take exam-based assessments in English or ESOL and Maths, leading to Functional Skills qualifications.

Where do I go if I have further questions?

Prospective students can contact the course information team on 020 7613 9123. Or, you can email them: info@hackney.ac.uk

How much will it cost?

Don’t worry about the cost of learning! We can help and advise you. 16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses and if you would have been eligible for EMA, you may now receive a bursary. Transport for London student travel cards are available, giving discounts to 16-18s. If you’re aged 18-23, many courses are FREE or DISCOUNTED. If you’re aged 24 or over and enrolling on an approved level 3 or higher further education course, you can get a government loan to cover the tuition cost of your course. You don’t start paying back this loan until you earn a minimum of £21,000 per year – and the amount you are charged depends on how much you earn. Visit the ‘Fees’ section of our website which is found under the ‘Supporting you’ tab at the top of this page for more information.

How do I enrol?

We start enrolments in the spring before the course starts. Make your application to the college via our central admissions department for details on 020 7613 9123 or by email: info@hackney.ac.uk. We will then invite you for an assessment and give you advice about the most suitable course for your level of knowledge and skills. For 16-18 year old students hoping to join a Level 3 course, you should apply early to get a conditional place, and contact us in August when your GCSE results are released (August).

Student success

Last year, 87% of students passed successfully compared with the national average of 82%. Additionally, most students progressed onto higher levels courses.

What's the time commitment

The course has approximately 15 hours a week – over three days. You should expect to spend an extra 3 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and VLE.

Where do I go?

Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, London N1 6HQ. Visit the “How to find us” page on our website for directions.

Support for you

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

The college experience

Based in the heart of Hoxton, our Shoreditch Campus is a great place to study. It’s spacious, with well-thought our study facilities – plus outdoor and indoor social areas to catch up with friends. Students from many different backgrounds come to HCC and achieve – so you’re bound to fit in. Last year, 91% of our students said they’d recommend us to a friend. 83% said the college was a friendly place to study, 79% planned to progress onto another course with us and 97% felt that HCC was a safe place to be.

Information about the college

HCC is an award-winning College (Queen’s Anniversary Prize, Beacon Awards Winner (two years running), London Education Partnership Awards, TES 2012 FE Awards Winner, Investors in People GOLD award – and more!) Courses range from pre-entry level right up to post-graduate level.

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15 (over 3 days).


Shoreditch Site
Falkirk Street
N1 6HQ