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First Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care - Level 2 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 2
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

This study programme is designed to give you a thorough introduction to working in the different health and social care settings, including children, vulnerable adults and older adults. It covers the theory you'll need to understand how to meet the needs of different service users.

An introduction to working with children, adults with specific needs and older adults. You will have opportunities on this course to gain relevant work experience that will enhance your chances of employment afterwards.


As this Health & Social Care programme is designed to give you an introduction to working in different health and social care settings, the topics covered are designed to help you understand how to meet the needs of different service users.

Topics include:
- Communication: Forms and contexts of communication as well as analysing barriers to communication. Learning to self assess your own communication skills.
- Individual needs: Person-centred planning and support. Key care values and legislation.
- Human lifespan development: Looking at how individuals develop from birth to old age. Learning about physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs.
- Safe working environments: Hazards in everyday settings, risk assessments and knowing what staff must do to avoid harm to service users.

This is a full-time Level 2 programme aimed at helping students gain the knowledge and skills required to support service users and understand how to meet their needs.
Assessment for this qualification is through coursework, assignment tasks and exams. There will be two exams to sit during the programme. Grading is by Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

For each unit you will have to complete assessment tasks over the course of the academic year. Assessment tasks include activities such as case studies, personal experience, written reports and essays, presentations and completion of workbooks

Some parts of this programme, such as Maths and English, are assessed by a final exam; you will have the opportunity to work through practice papers so you are prepared for this exam.

For GCSE English, you will be assessed by coursework and by a final exam. GCSE Maths is assessed by an exam at the end of the course. Functional Skills Maths and English are also assessed by a final exam. The people teaching you will make sure you are fully prepared for your exams.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.

At your interview, you will need to show that you have a real interest in working in the health and social care sectors.
You will also need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
On successful completion, you could apply for our Level 2 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship or the Level 3 Health and Social Care Programme, or another Level 3 vocational study programme.

If you are applying for Level 3, you will need to achieve at least a Merit for the BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification.
The college has its own computer system and you will be provided with log in details and shown how to use this system. Part of this system is called the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and the team who teach you will upload presentations, assignments and other resources that you need for your course. You can copy these resources onto your memory stick to help with coursework at home.
If you have internet access at home, you will be able to access the VLE from your home computer. Most classrooms have a modern interactive white board.
The college library has a good stock of health and social care books and you can borrow laptops overnight or for a weekend. There are also two study centres where you can book a computer to complete your college work. The staff in the study centres are always willing to help students find resources and information.
On your first day at college, you'll need to bring your GCSE certificates and your original DBS check.
There is a charge for the DBS - the Advice and Guidance Centre will be able to advise you regarding this.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Can I do this course if I have already done Health & Social Care at school?
A: Yes, as long as it is not the BTEC First Extended Certificate. However, there are other options for you, please ask at the Guidance and Guidance Centre for more information.

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