Level 2: Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care


  • 16-18 (Full-time), Adults
  • 3 days a week in college, 1 day work or placement hours per week
  • A1261-24
  • 2 September 2024 - 36 weeks
  • Wembley Park Campus
  • 16-18: no charge, Standard: £1,080


Core units

The core units within this qualification ensure that all learners will develop knowledge that underpins learning in other units in the qualification:

Mandatory units

The mandatory units within this qualification ensure that all learners will develop practical and vocational skills:

Optional specialist units

The optional specialist units gives learners the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests. These units may be selected to:

● provide learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding in

more specialist areas of interest:

for example child development and observation, disability and dementia

● deepen and enhance practical application of vocational skills:

for example, by developing their basic first-aid, food safety and infection control skills,

which are highly valued in the health and social care sector

Learners will gain direct experience of the health and social care sector, giving them

the opportunity to apply the learning they have gleaned from other units and to

develop knowledge, skills and understanding further within different health and social

care settings

Module delivery includes

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (EXAM MODULE)

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values

Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Unit 7 - Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Unit 8 - Individual rights in health and social care

Unit 9: Healthy Living (EXAM MODULE)

Unit 12: Creative and Therapeutic activities

Unit 15: Carrying out a Research Project in Health and Social Care

Unit 19: Skills and Qualities for Working in the Health and Social Care Sector

Unit 21: Understanding  Dementia

Whilst some units above are mandatory others may change subject to awarding body specification or teacher skill set

This course is a 480 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to four gcses) ● has core, mandatory and optional specialist units
● has 12.5 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments

How is the course taught?

Delivery strategies reflect the nature of work within the health and social Care sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the Workplace, or in simulated working conditions, wherever possible. You will be timetabled for 10 hours a week at the college, which will be spent in practical work on computers and theoretical work in the classroom. In addition, you will be required to spend approximately 20 hours on private study. Recognising the diverse skills and styles of our student community places an emphasis on ensuring that a range of learning environments and media are available and enabling students to engage in learning in a variety of ways. Knowledge and skills will be developed through case-studies, role-plays, simulations, presentations, projects (work-based and academic), reflective portfolios and the use of technology supported activities. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking account of the industry standards for behaviour and Performance.