Where will this course lead?

Studying a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care will aid progression to further study (level 3) and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the health and social sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as an apprentice or in a supervised entry role, depending on specific job requirements and age restrictions.

What will I study?

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

Units include;
- Communication in health and social care,
- Individual rights in health and social care,
- Individual needs in health and social care,
- Ensuring safe environments in health and social care,
- Vocational experience in a health and social care setting,
- Cultural diversity in health and social care,
- Anatomy and physiology for health and social,
- The impact of diet on health.

How will this course be delivered?

The level 2 qualification will be delivered through taught and practical sessions.

What qualifications will I get?

OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care
Maths and English qualifications

How will I be assessed?

Through assignments, practical's, presentations, online assessments.

How do I get a place on the course?

Successful interview and reference / report from last educational establishment.

What are the entry requirements?

Along with GCSE grades of mainly D/3' & E/2's learners must have a keen interest in working within the sector. Learners would ideally be working at or towards entry level EL3 /1/ GCSE equivalent for Maths/English. 

What else do I need to know?

Learners on the level 2 course will be given the opportunity to complete work experience in the sector.
It is a requirement of this course that all learners complete a DBS check before they are allowed out on their work experience.
All learners are required to wear the Care and Education uniform

What can I do after this course?

Working in the Health and social care sector
Level 3 health and social care

Learners who enrol on Health and social care courses are required to wear uniforms, complete a DBS check and a trip will be offered. These additions will require a contribution from the student; costs available prior to enrolment.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

Start Date






Course Fee

N/A for 16-18 year old

Course Code


Study Mode

Full Time

Nursing Assistant

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.

What’s Involved?

A Nursing Assistant performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients' temperature and pulse, weighing and measuring, performing urine tests and extracting blood samples; prepares patient for examination and treatment; distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks; assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility; changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.


Phlebotomists take blood samples from patients which are examined in a laboratory and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions.

What’s Involved?

Phlebotomists reassure nervous or distressed patients, insert a hypodermic needle and draw off the blood into a tube, apply a dressing to the puncture made by the needle, label the blood sample, deliver the sample to the correct laboratory and complete records and enter data on a computer.

Healthcare Practice Manager

Healthcare practice managers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources of medical, dental and other types of healthcare practice, including veterinary practices.

What’s Involved?

A Healthcare Practice Manager plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities of practice staff; oversees staff training and monitors training needs; takes responsibility for health and safety matters within the practice; negotiates contracts for services with other health care providers and purchasers; maintains patient files on medical history, consultations made and treatment undertaken and/or drugs prescribed; organises duty rosters for professional and support staff in practice; takes responsibility for stock control of practice equipment, drugs etc.; liaises with relevant outside organisations (e.g. NHS trust, PCT, social services, drug companies, professional bodies); responsible for budgeting, pricing and accounting activities within the practice.

Speech & Language Therapist

Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, fluency and voice disorders caused by disability, injury or illness.

What’s Involved?

A Speech & Language Therapist assesses, tests and diagnoses a client's condition; designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment; treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients or through the use of artificial communication devices; attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists; counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient's disability; writes reports and maintains client caseloads.


Medical (diagnostic) radiographers operate x-ray machines, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and other imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, assist in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases and are involved in intervention procedures such as the removal of kidney stones. They operate under the supervision of senior staff. Therapeutic radiographers specialise in the planning and administration of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancer.

What’s Involved?

A Radiographer uses a range of imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments; verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment; decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope; positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment; maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken; plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists; calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated; explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects; carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.

Youth & Community Worker

Youth and community workers provide support to individuals or groups of individuals through a range of activities or services that aim to encourage participation in social and community life and promote personal and social development.

What’s Involved?

A Youth & Community Worker organises social, recreational and educational activities in local community and youth groups; undertakes the day-to-day running of community centres and supervises the activities of part-time and voluntary workers; liaises and supports voluntary workers running groups in village halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship; advises individuals with particular needs or problems through informal discussion, individual counselling or formal group discussion; helps set up credit unions, encourages parents to establish playgroups, works with other groups to find solutions to shared concerns or problems.


Job holders in this unit group plan and apply physical and therapeutic treatments and activities to assist recovery from physical and mental illness and to minimise the effects of disabilities not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 222: Therapy professionals.

What’s Involved?

A Therapist prescribes diet therapy and gives advice to patients, health care professionals and the public on dietetic and nutritional matters for those with special dietary requirements or to prevent illness amongst the general population; diagnoses and treats disorders of vision and eye movements, monitors subsequent progress and recommends further optical, pharmacological or surgical treatment as required; manipulates and massages patient to discover the cause of pain, relieve discomfort, restore function and mobility and to correct irregularities in body structure; adopts a holistic approach in assessing the overall health of the patient, and treats by inserting needles under the skin at particular locations according to the disorder being treated; administers aromatic herbs and oils and massage to relieve pain and restore health; assesses and provides treatment for people with mental disabilities, or those suffering with mental illness, stress, and emotional and relationship problems; diagnoses and treats behavioural problems in animals.


Psychologists research, study and assess emotional, cognitive and behavioural processes and abnormalities in human beings and animals and how these are affected by genetic, physical and social factors.

What’s Involved?

Psychologists develop and administer tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assess results. They develop treatments and guidance methods and give treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques. They observe and experiment on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics. They also analyse the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour. They study psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders. They also maintain required contacts with family members, education or other health professionals, as appropriate, and recommend possible solutions to problems presented. They apply professional knowledge and techniques within the workplace, addressing issues such as job design, work groups, motivation etc. They apply psychological treatment methods to help athletes achieve optimum mental health and enhance sporting performance.


Jobholders in this unit group provide counselling services to clients with a wide variety of problems by means of assisting them to reach their own resolutions to the difficulties they face. Counsellors may specialise in a particular area or client group or address a wide range of issues.

What’s Involved?

A counsellor meets clients face-to-face, working either one-to-one or with couples or families, or by telephone or internet; encourages clients to discuss their feelings in relation to their problems, aiming to ensure that an understanding of the issues is achieved; presents different perspectives to the problem areas identified; refers to other appropriate sources of help; keeps accurate and confidential records.


Midwives deliver, or assist in the delivery of babies, provide antenatal and postnatal care and advise parents on baby care. They work with other healthcare professionals, and advise on and teach midwifery practice.

What’s Involved?

A midwife monitors condition and progress of patient and baby throughout pregnancy; delivers babies in normal births and assists doctors with difficult deliveries; monitors recovery of mother in postnatal period and supervises the nursing of premature and other babies requiring special attention; advises on baby care, exercise, diet and family planning issues; supervises more junior staff and directs the work of the midwifery unit; plans and manages midwifery care services; delivers lectures and other forms of training in midwifery practice.

Care Worker

Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs ('service users') within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

What’s Involved?

A Care Worker assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe; serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required; generally assists with service users' overall comfort and well being; provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user; helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits; undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required; monitors service users' conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping; liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.


Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.

What’s Involved?

A paramedic drives ambulance or accompanies driver to respond to calls for assistance at accidents, emergencies and other incidents; assesses the nature of injuries, provides first aid treatment and ascertains appropriate method of conveying patient; resuscitates and/or stabilises patient using relevant techniques, equipment and drugs; transports and accompanies patients who either require or potentially require skilled treatment whilst travelling; briefs other medical staff when handing over the patient, and completes patient report forms describing the patient's condition and any treatment provided.

Social Worker

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

What’s Involved?

A Social Worker liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community; interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties; undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards; arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help; organises support and develops care plans to address service users' needs; keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings; gives evidence in court; participates in training and supervision.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists work with people who have a physical or learning disability or mental illness, actively engaging them in purposeful activities in order to maximise self-confidence, independent functioning and well-being.

What’s Involved?

An Occupational Therapist considers the physical, psychological and social needs of a patient that may result from illness, injury, congenital condition or lifestyle problems; devises, designs, initiates and monitors carefully selected and graded treatments and activities as part of the assessment and intervention process; liaises with a wide variety of other professionals in planning and reviewing ongoing treatments; trains students and supervises the work of occupational therapy assistants; makes home visits to clients, families and carers to organise support and rehabilitation and assist them to deal and cope with disability; counsels clients in ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevention of illness and/or preparation for coping with increasing stages of illness; maintains patient records, manages caseloads.

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.