• 98%

    of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

    Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

  • 93%

    of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

    Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 2 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

The level 2 diploma in health and social care is for young people who have a passion for helping people, especially the most vulnerable in society. Whether you aspire to be a Carer in a residential setting, a Youth Worker out in the community or a Mental Health Nurse in the local Hospital this course will provide you with all the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to be successful in your chosen field.

To enrol on the level 2 programme you must have a level 1 qualification or 4 GCSEs at grade 3.

It is desirable that you would have at least a 3 in maths and English, however it will not prevent you from enrolling and you will be supported through college to obtain these qualifications.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Students are required to purchase their own stationary for the course (pen, paper, file etc).

Students follow the OCR level 2 diploma specification. You will cover units that explore topics such Anatomy and Physiology, Services in Health and Social care, Communication, Diet and Nutrition, Safeguarding and Additional needs. These topics cover a wide range of health and social care settings as well as job roles which will allow you to gain knowledge in a wide range of areas, enhancing your desirability to employers.

In class, you will complete active learning tasks that promote long term learning and develop skills in communication, working effectively with others as well as independently. Lessons may also happen outside of the classroom environment in our Health Hub simulation area where you can work on more practical skills such as carrying out risk assessments, recording blood pressures and having some fun with our ageing and fat suit simulators to help you see first hand what it is like for different service users.

All assessment work is coursework based, so involve writing essays, using case studies and recording data

Maths and English skills are essential for working in the health and social care sector, tasks such as reading care plans, giving service users medication and being able to communicate with all service users effectively will be part of your daily routine. Being able to do these things effectively is essential to maintain the wellbeing and safety of any service users in your care.

If you do not have a grade 4 in Maths and English you will be required to keep studying them at college alongside your health and social care programme.

You will experience a range of activities to support you in achieving your career goals, these will include:

- 1 to 2 week work placement
- masterclasses with employers
- guest speakers
- visits and trips
- employer led projects

In level 2 you are given the opportunity to work with professionals from the Health and Social care industry, in order to help you address a problem within the sector through Project Based Learning. You will be able to enhance your understanding of the health and care sector by speaking and listening to professionals who work in the industry. You will then be asked to work in teams to produce a resource that can be used to help solve the problem that the sector faces.

In the past, level 2 students have worked with specialist Dementia Nurses from the QE Hospital in Gateshead to develop a therapeutic activity to help service users who have dementia.

Sunderland Care and Support who are the biggest social care employers in the Sunderland, Tyne and Wear area have also worked with us. The company were invited into college, to educate the students about the different social care job roles, that are available, and they also educated the learners about the range of skills behaviours and attitudes that are needed in social care.

Wendy Adams, a representative from Skills for Care has also worked extensively with the department to help students to enhance their skills and knowledge around delivering person centred care in the social care sector.

As timetables change on a yearly basis we cannot give you exact days and times until you are enrolled on the course. Timetables normally run over 4 days in college and are timetabled between 9am and 4pm.

Students who don't have at least a grade 4 in maths and English will have an additional 6 hours on their timetable to support with achieving these essential qualifications.

You will cover units that explore topics such as:

- Anatomy and Physiology
- Services in Health and Social Care
- Communication
- Diet and Nutrition
- Safeguarding
- Additional needs

What’s next?

Level 2 is the first step on the ladder to a career in health and social care and if you successfully complete the course you will be able to progress onto our 2 year level 3 programme.

There are also a number of health and social care jobs that you would be qualified to do with a level 2 qualification if University was not something you had considered for your future.

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93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

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