Entry requirements

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  • A majority of overall GCSE grades at grade 3 and above, including a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 (or D) or better


  • Level 2 Vocational Programme at Merit or above (e.g. BTEC/NVQ/OCR National) PLUS two GCSEs at Grade 3 or above

BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care - overview

This subject is ideal for students who want to follow a career in a caring profession either in Health or Social Care. It is particularly useful for those students who would like to progress onto an A level advanced course possibly the BTEC 3 A level Course. After completing this one-year course, as long as students gain a minimum of an overall merit with evidence of distinction in at least two of your units you will be able to progress to BTEC advanced courses, which are the equivalent to A levels.

Exam board: PEARSON



Students will complete a range of coursework tasks in order to meet the set learning requirements for each unit. Tasks vary between traditional reports and newer exploratory learning assessments. Coursework can be assessed in a variety of ways including practical activities. All tasks have a kinaesthetic, vocational educational basis and are marked and moderated continuously throughout the year.


– Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
– Unit 9: Healthy Living

There is a one-hour exam for each of the units, consisting of a short and long answer questions, with an opportunity for extended writing within the exam.


Part of the course assessment is based upon completion of a one-week period of a practical work placement within a local health and social care service.




  • Many students progress onto the BTEC level 3 qualification from completion of this course.
  • Some students progress onto apprenticeships in the health and social care sector.
  • Due to the broad nature of the course there are a range of careers that would relate to this course working with adults or children in a carer’s role.