Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Health and Social Care - BTEC First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 2

This course provides practical work experience and an introduction to the skills required for a range of career options or further study.

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Key information

Course code: B06000 Course type: Full-time, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths End qualification: BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 2 Awarding body: Pearson Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, East Campus Assessment: Portfolio and formal written exams

Course aims and areas

This course can open the door to many different health and social care career choices and will prepare you for the BTEC Level 3 course.

If you are interested in becoming becoming a nurse, social worker, youth worker, health care assistant, or teacher, to name just a few careers, then this is the perfect starting point.

A mix of practical and academic learning includes spending one day a week in work experience, which could be in a hospital, with children, the elderly or those with additional needs.

The care industry is rapidly changing, with new government initiatives giving it a higher profile and making it more important than ever that well-qualified people enter the industry.

Course Units

  • Human lifespan development
  • Health and social care values
  • Effective communication in health and social care
  • Healthy living
  • The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Creative and therapeutic activities 

Why the MET?

This course offers high levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships.

You will experience different aspects of the sector through multiple work placements.

The department has excellent employment links with local hospitals.

Our teachers bring a great range of industry experience and theoretical knowledge, and are committed to helping you attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Throughout the year you will also benefit from inspirational guest speakers and industry related trips.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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Work experience

We have excellent links and partnerships with local employers to ensure we can place you in a suitable setting that fits your needs and career aspirations.

You will experience employment within the care sector and develop work-related skills, knowledge and understanding.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

Over 60% of Level 2 students progress to Level 3 courses at Brighton MET.

On successful completion of the course, some students gain direct employment through their work placement and others take up an apprenticeship in a health and social care role.

After Level 2 you may wish to continue your studies at the MET and progress to the BTEC Level 3 Foundation or Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

You may also want to consider apprenticeship routes into employment, also available through Brighton MET.

Future career include:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health care worker
  • Social work
  • Youth work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • Policing
  • Nutritionist


  • Industry standard equipment to develop practical, vocational skills
  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Additional costs

You will have to purchase a t-shirt for your placement uniform costing £10 and it is advised you purchase a textbook costing £25.

Some financial help may be available. 

Additional costs
  • alumni Views Daniel Monaghan Health and Social Care

    “I was supported by teaching staff and mentors, both in the class and outside the class in extra time. I am very grateful to the staff at Brighton MET.”

    Daniel Monaghan
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