Health & Social Care - Extended Diploma – Level 2

This course enables applied study of the health and social care sector, providing you with an introduction to key areas relating to current practice.

This course promote high quality care and support and has been mapped to the standards within the Care Certificate and National Occupational Standards.

If you want a career where you can progress, feel secure and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are positively supporting individuals with a range of health and social care needs, then this course is for you.

With a huge demand for workers, plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which a high percentage of workers report they feel their work makes a difference, this course provides a pathway for individuals considering a career in health and/or social care. The number of adult social care jobs is projected to grow to around 2.2 million by 2025.


What topics/modules are covered?

This course is made up of mandatory units and a range of optional units covering key areas of current practice in health and social care such as:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Creative activities in health and social care
  • Dementia awareness

All units will be internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a range of methods which could include: written assignments or tasks such as designing a leaflet or booklet, charts or diagrams or setting up an information board.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D (new grading system: 3) to include English Language. It would be beneficial for you to also have subjects such as Maths and Science at Grade D (new grading system: 3)


  • A relevant Level 1 qualification


  • Industry relevant experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • Health & Social Care - Technical Extended Diploma – Level 3
  • Apprenticeship

Career Path

This course does not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  • Care Support Workers in Adult Residential Settings
  • Healthcare Assistants in Community Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
  • Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services
  • Supported Living or Day Services
  • Community-Based Support Workers

What qualification will I gain?

Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23
and 1st full level 2
Aged 19+
and unemployed
Aged 19+, not 1st full level 2
and not unemployed
Free Free Free £2,225

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

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Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.