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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.

The qualification includes a written timetabled examination(s) which has a fixed time and date in both the January and May/June examination series starting in January 2020.

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

Karen Morris-Goodman

Subject Officer
029 2240 4264

Hilary Wyman

Subject Support Officer
029 2240 4264

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Upcoming training and events:

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CPD Presentation - Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts: Preparing to Teach Overview

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All Materials presented during the event can be accessed from the download pod within the video.

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