Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

With this course, you will have an exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement to gain first-hand insight and experience of working in such an exciting industry.

Alongside this, you will explore everything from anatomy, physiology, dementia, nutrition and healthcare practice to social psychology, mental health and alcohol awareness.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year and takes up to two years to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover:

  • Healthcare practice
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Understanding dementia
  • The sociology of health
  • Nutrition
  • Social psychology
  • Equality and diversity
  • Understanding mental health
  • Alcohol awareness in health and social care

In addition to this, you will also undertake a 100+ work placement, which we will support you to secure.

Previous students have secured placements with Whiston Hospital, Lansbury Bridge, Willowbrook Hospice, Sue Gill Nursery and Adamstan House.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through written assignments, reports, presentations and leaflets or guides for workers in the sector.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above, including English and maths.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £44 and can be claimed back once you have successfully completed this course.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you may choose to progress into employment and begin your career as a Health Care Assistant, Support Worker or a Personal Care Assistant.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Alison Lloyd



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