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BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care


The BTEC Firsts in Health and Social Care have been developed to provide learners with a stimulating and engaging introduction to the health and social care sector. They present learners with knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful, work-related context, allowing them to understand both the theories and their application. Within this qualification there are two externally assessed exams, Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development and Unit 9 Healthy Living. 


This one year BTEC Diploma is designed to broaden your understanding and knowledge of Health and Social Care sectors. Acquiring skills that are transferable to work based practice. Subjects include

  • Safeguarding
  • The Roles of the Health Social Care Worker
  • Social Care Provision


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Course Leader profile

Anne Marie Richardson

I have 35 years’ experience in the Health and Social care sector. I started my career at 16 years of age working in a Psychiatric unit in Bradford West Yorkshire. I have experience of all areas of Health and Social care, from a care assistant to Care Manager. I believe this gives me a vital life experience of which I can bring to the classroom and so to my teaching and learning. My qualifications are NVQ Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Health and Social care, BSC 1.2 Class Honours Degree in Health and Social Welfare, I also have a PGCE qualification in teaching within my subject specialism area. My passion for teaching within this specialist area shows in my personality and teaching. I would like to pass on my knowledge and passion to my students; I support each of my students to achieve their qualification and to share my passion within their employability of Health and Social Care.

Entry Requirements

An intermediate course suitable for those who are 16 -18 years who have at least 4 GCSEs, including English Language, at grade D or grade 3 or a relevant/equivalent Level 1 qualification. This could be a BTEC Introductory Diploma, a City and Guilds qualification, an NVQ Level 1, a GNVQ Foundation. The course includes a placement and all students will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The college will apply and pay for this.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

Our experienced tutors have worked in relevant vocational areas and are highly qualified in both teaching and their vocational area. They have worked in the Health and Care setting therefore have practical experience as well as knowledge and skills they bring to the classroom.

How is the course assessed?

Within this qualification there are two externally assessed exams. The externally assessed unit will often be one that provides a core of knowledge that will be enhanced, developed and applied through other units. Learners’ depth of understanding of the content of externally assessed units is likely to be enhanced by applying knowledge through other units.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

With further training or study you can go into careers such as social work, residential care management, housing and the probation service. If you do not want to study further you can work in registered care homes, housing, community work, voluntary sector, hospitals and primary care trusts. Successful completion of this course can lead onto other related Level 3 courses. Progression opportunities include: Prison Officer, Care Assistant, Child Care, Probation Worker, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities, Level 3 Certificate in Preparation to work in Adult Social Care, BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Health & Social Care

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 13 hours
  • Days: Mon-Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: Free.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 1, Level 2
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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