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The Level 2 Certificate and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care enables applied study of the Health and Social Care Sector, providing learners with an introduction to key areas relating to current practice. 

The mandatory units aim to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in health and social care. The optional units within the Extended Diploma allow learners to pursue an interest in chosen subject areas.

The Certificate supports progression to further learning at Level 3 and above or into a range of job roles within the Health and Social Care Sector.

Achievement of this qualification will equip learners with knowledge and understanding across a range of key subject areas, for example: 

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development through the life span
  • The role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding individuals.

While assessment in the workplace is not required for these qualifications, learners studying for the Extended Diploma are encouraged to attend a work placement in order to support their learning. 100 hours of placement in a Real Work Environment will be arranged by the College for learners to complete.

Placements support learning by providing opportunities for learners to apply knowledge to practice, receive feedback and reflect on their own experience. Placements also provide opportunities for learners to observe professional practice in action and gain valuable employability skills.

Learners will be encouraged by tutors to reflect on their placement experience throughout their studies.

  • Sector Overview

    The largest employer in the UK Healthcare Sector is the NHS, which employs more than 1.5 million people - placing it in the top five largest workforces in the world. There are more than 350 different roles available within the NHS.

    A significant proportion of the sector's workforce is in independent healthcare. In addition to their private sector functions, these providers are increasingly contracted to provide services on behalf of the NHS.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including maths and English
    • Assessment and interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress to the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Range of service provision and roles
    • Health and safety
    • Introductory awareness of equality and inclusion
    • Understand the principles and values
    • Encourage children and young people to eat healthily
    • Introduction to healthy lifestyle
    • Awareness of protection and safeguarding
    • Introduction to mental health
    • Job opportunities in Health & Social Care
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Practical activity
    • Study visits
    • Team building activities
    • Group Work
    • Presentations
    • A portfolio of evidence collected from all work conducted over the year
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in skills competitions. You will be involved in taking part in trips and visits, such as The Special Needs Exhibition and a Forest School. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 100 hours of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme. This must be in a Heath Care setting and will require a DBS check.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto 

    • T Level Heath
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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