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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE Level 2 First Extended Certificate

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care FT-B

Level 2
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Further Education
Banbridge Campus


The aim of this qualification is to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the health and social care sector. It will give you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to work in this area. It will also support progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic health and social care course.


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • The College will review the qualifications and/or experience held by applicants and will consider whether this profile shows an ability to progress towards a level 2 qualification.
  • Applicants should normally have a minimum of a full Level 1 qualification (4 GCSEs at grades D-G, including English and Mathematics at grades D-F or equivalent). Applicants presenting with a Junior Cert qualification should have attained mostly higher-level subjects.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate at interview that they have a satisfactory level of fluency in English – both written and spoken. The College reserves the right to refer any applicant to appropriate English Language or Literacy classes until their level of fluency in written and spoken English is sufficient to allow participation in other areas of study.
  • Attendance at Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (individual or group interviews) is advisable for the selection of candidates in all level 2 full-time courses. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that they are committed and motivated to the course.
  • The College may also use other evidence provided as part of the application process.


Modules normally include: 

  • Human Lifespan Development.
  • Health and Social Care Values.
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care.
  • Equality and Diversity.
  • Healthy Living.
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities.
  • Human Body Systems.
  • Impact of Nutrition.
  • Services in Health and Social Care.

You will also study Essential Skills in Literacy and/or Numeracy if you do not already hold a GCSE (grade C or above) in these areas. 


1 Year


This course uses a range of assessment types and styles including two external one hour long examinations in the areas of Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living.

Internally assessed modules include assessment types such as presentations, booklets, case studies and essay type assignments. This is alongside some practical activities with some local service user groups or as a simulated experience in the College. 


On successful completion of this course you can choose to work and train further in the field of health and social care in an environment such as a nursing home. You can also progress to a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education.


All full-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Claire McMurray

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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

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