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Level 2: Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

Level 2

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is knowledge-based and designed for post-16 learners who are studying at further education colleges. It provides a broad introduction to the Health and Social Care sectors to support learners to progress to further learning and training.

This qualification is suitable for learners who have no previous knowledge of the health and social care sectors or who have achieved a Level 1 qualification.

What will the qualification cover?

The qualification includes the following current issues in relation to Health and Social Care in Wales:

  • Physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects that affect growth and development across the life stages of individuals
  • The influence of life factors, lifestyle choices and life events on growth, health and well-being
  • Factors that shape self-concept
  • The role and purpose of promoting health and well-being
  • Individual needs across all life stages
  • Opportunities and challenges both locally and across Wales
  • The role and responsibilities of workers in the health and social care sector
  • Legislation and principles of care and support

As part of their learning programme, learners will experience a minimum of 10-days of sector engagement which includes a minimum of 5-days of work placement. Other forms of sector engagement could include workplace visits, guest lecturers and attending external conferences and events.

Learners would benefit from studying the Level 2 Health and Social Care Core qualification either prior to, or alongside this qualification.

Qualification structure and assessment

The qualification is made up of two mandatory units that all learners study.

Unit Number

Unit Title Assessment GLH
001 Promoting health and well-being throughout the life stages External 80

Health and social care to support outcome focused provision for person centred care

Internal 120
    Total GLH 200


Learners will need to complete one externally set and marked written examination and one assignment which will be marked by their centre and externally moderated by WJEC. The assignment will require learners to draw on information provided in a pre-released case study and on their sector engagement/work placement.

What could the qualification lead to?

After completing the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualification, learners could progress to the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts
  • Advanced GCE or GCE AS in Health and Social Care, and Childcare
  • Level 2 or Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
  • Level 2 or Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)

Learners may also wish to progress to other Level 3 qualifications in related subjects including psychology and sociology and/or access to higher education courses.

The most relevant progression route will depend on the future aspirations of the individual.

Contact us

Allison Candy

Subject Officer
029 2026 5093

Hilary Wyman

Subject Support Officer
029 2026 5333

Please find the key documents and course materials for this qualification below:

Draft Specification

Upcoming training and events:

Here you will find the latest information on Professional Development events and learning opportunities for this qualification:

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts - Preparing to Teach Events

This full day course is designed for teachers preparing to teach or interested to learn more about WJEC Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts for first teaching from 2019.

Each session will look in-depth at the new specification including its assessment objectives, examination structure and other key areas and review sample assessment materials.

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