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NCFE CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care - Level 2


This course will enable you to gain a nationally-recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as a health or social care assistant or progress to a Level 3 qualification.

The course content aims to develop your knowledge of the role of the health or social care worker, their relationship with patients/service users and their responsibilities to service users and the wider health and social care sectors.

You will be provided with opportunities to develop your functional skills and a range of other skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for a successful performance in working life.

You will be required to undertake a mandatory work placement in a health care setting.

You will also be encouraged to actively participate in voluntary work.

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Entry requirements

This course is only avaliable for 16-19 years

Four GCSEs with at least grade 3/D including maths, and preferably GCSE English with at least grade 4/C; or a Level 1 NCFE CACHE Introductory Diploma in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings or Childcare will be considered. Plus a DBS check.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.


Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20201 yr(s)4827A1028FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed through a portfolio and assignments which will relate to the vocational units studied.

What does the course lead to?

Employment in the care sector as a health care assistant, care support worker or care assistant. You may also progress onto a Level 3 programme if you achieve the entry criteria.

What will I study?

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Nutrition for health and social care

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Call the college on 0808 100 3626 for an application form or apply online.

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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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