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Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2024 and will run for one year.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths or Level 1 Health and Social Care plus Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • All students will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  •  In addition, we require a good school/college report, with regards to attendance, punctuality and standard of behaviour.

You will achieve

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Course overview

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a positive way and at the same time gain skills, then a qualification in Health and Social Care is the route for you! This Level 2 Extended Diploma is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you to prepare for employment.

Course content

The course will be delivered over 12 hours per week. You will have the opportunity to explore health and social care and develop your knowledge to successfully progress to study at Level 3 or apply for employment in health and social care at a trainee level.

You will complete 7 units throughout the year in College and you will also be expected to participate in a minimum of 120 hours work experience, which will be organised by the department.

There is a mixture of study methods employed on the programme, these being practical exercises, group workshops, discussions, assignments and presentations to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning. The course has 7 units which you must achieve in order to be accredited with the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Course themes

  • Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Learning disability
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Creative activities in health and social care
  • Work placement

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. posters, leaflets, a report or an assignment. You will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a D grade for all your assignment work, this includes attending your work experience and successfully passing all your units to be awarded the NCFE CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. You will need a minimum of a 47/C grade and GCSE English grade 4 to progress into Level 3.



You will require access to a computer. Access to the internet from home would be of benefit. A text book will be required for the duration of the course. You will need to bring writing materials and paper to each session. An A4 lever arch file with plastic wallets and 13 dividers will also be required.

On completion of this programme, you could progress onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care  or into a range of job roles within the health and social care sector such as:

  • Care Support Workers in Adult Residential Settings
  • Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
  • Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services
  • Community-Based Support Workers.

Achievement of this qualification will equip learners with knowledge and understanding across a range of subject areas, which will enable progression to further learning at Level 3, for example:

  • Types and functions of provision
  • Legislation, frameworks, policies, procedures and codes of practice
  • Roles and responsibilities of health and social care practitioners
  • Care values
  • Human growth and development through the life span
  • Health, well-being and care needs
  • Partnership working
  • Health and social care priorities.

See what careers are available in the Health and Social Care and Applied Science sectors. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.


How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care Level 2 Full-time

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