Intermediate Programme in Health & Social Care

The Isle of Wight College
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and useful and takes place with an external employer, external to the place where you study, where you can experience the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*- C in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.


This one-year study programme contains the following components:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Health and Social Care (NQF)
  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills
  • English GCSE or Functional Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Food Safety Certificate

Learners who have already achieved the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate can top-up their qualification to the BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care.


This study programme is for learners with 4 x GCSE Grade 3 (D on the new GCSE Grades), who may need to retake Maths and English GCSE and who intend to progress onto careers as care and support workers.

Before you join the course, you will have an interview with Health and Social Care staff, and provide us with the names of two people that can supply us with a reference. You will also undertake a police check (DBS) at the start of the course.

You will need to demonstrate a good attendance record, evidence of recent academic study, good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work with others, a commitment to or an interest in a career in health and social care, and a positive attitude.


The course will be varied with some classroom lessons, workplace activities, guest speakers, and independent research.

The core and mandatory units on the BTEC First Certificate are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Effective Communication
  • Healthy Living

The core and mandatory units on the BTEC First Diploma, in addition to those above, are:

  • Carrying out a Research Project
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Individual Rights


There are two units on the BTEC First Certificate that are each assessed by a 1 hour exam. The exams are sat in January, with an opportunity to resit in May.

The remainder of this study programme is assessed through coursework assignments which are marked by your lecturer. These assessments are subject to Standards Verification by BTEC.

What can this course lead to?

  • Advanced Technical Study Programme in Health and Social Care
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
  • A level 2 study programme in other sectors
  • Employment in the health and social care sector
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