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Health & Social Care

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This is a practical, work-related course, which will involve studying projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course will introduce you to health and social care and provide a good basis to go on to more advanced work-related qualification. You will learn about life span development from childhood to full maturity and how we can care for people in our society.

There are opportunities for learners to go on both national and international trips, for example, Poland (Krakow), France (Paris), and university visits to UCLAN, University of Cumbria and Edge Hill. The department also organise a variety of team building activities e.g. foot golf, bowling, Alton Towers, walking and orienteering, treasure hunts, and to Grizedale Forest - Go Ape!

These qualifications provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

You will study: 

- Communication and individual rights
- Individual needs in health and social care settings
- Cultural diversity
- Lifespan development
- Impact of diet on health
- Creative and therapeutic activities  

All level 2 learners are actively encouraged to complete 60 hours of placement or voluntary work as part of their programme, although it is not a mandatory part of the level 2 programme.

All sessions involve a range of activities, including: lectures, supported workshops, group and individual research, presentations and role play.

Presentations by the tutor and students will be used to develop communication and other transferable skills. To support differentiation a tiered level of questioning and case studies, for the different levels will be used, as well as mixed and same ability group work to challenge and support learning. Additional study support will be given when needed, either one to one or as a group.

The Level 2 Diploma includes two externally assessed units. These will be in the form of two hour long exams, but will assist learners as they progress into higher levels of study or vocational learning.

The remaining units are assessed internally and this assessment is ongoing over the duration of the course. Evidence for these assessments can be generated through a range of activities, including, role play, verbal presentations, essays, reports, case studies, witness testimonies, observation, portfolios, posters and leaflets.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Previous learners have progressed onto Level 3 full-time programmes of study in the areas of Health and Social Care, Early Years, Public health.

Other learners have progressed onto apprenticeships in health and social care and some learners have gone directly into employment within the sector.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will normally need either a:

-  Level 1 qualification (at Merit or Distinction) plus a satisfactory tutor reference


-  four GCSEs at A*-D including English, or equivalent qualifications.

You will be given an interview to assess your suitability for the programme.

It is also advisable to have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service.  This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme.  Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

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