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Health & Social Care: Level 2 Diploma

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Course information

Course Summary

This course will prepare you for a career in health and social care, or progression to a Level 3 qualification. You will learn about communication and individual rights, individual needs in health and social care and human growth and development. You will also have the opportunity to go on work experience in a health care or early years setting as part of this course.

Course Code:N4641
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:NCFE CACHE
Course Length

One year

Course Detail

You will study subject areas, including:

Core Units

  • Communication in Health & Social Care
  • Care Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Equality & Diversity in Health & Social Care
  • Creative activities
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Services.

This course will form the main vocational element of your individual study programme; you will also continue to develop your skills in Maths and English and take part in activities designed to maximise your employability.

You will also do vocational work experience in a health care or early years setting as part of the course.

Assignments may include:

  • Discussion
  • Written tasks
  • Role play
  • Presentation

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and work experience.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for a total of 30 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,172

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

All applicants will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course. The cost of this is £52.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English and Math, plus a satisfactory reference from your school.

Progressing Students

A level 1 Diploma plus English and Maths, plus a satisfactory reference from your tutor for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Please note, all applicants will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course.

Your Next Steps

Potential career routes in the Health and Social Care industry:

  • Ambulance staff
  • Care, teaching, pharmacy or nursery assistant
  • Community project worker
  • Environmental health
  • Health care practice worker
  • Health psychology
  • Home carer
  • Key worker
  • Midwife
  • Nursing
  • Nursing home practitioner
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health
  • Residential warden
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist
  • Teaching assistant
  • Welfare professional
  • Youth worker
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021