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Health and Social Care (Level 3)

Key course information

Health and Social Care


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

If you’re interested in working in health and social care, this course will prepare you for either or both sector. You'll study units which reflect your interests and career choices, tailoring your learning to your own goals. Your work experience placement makes the course entirely unique to you, and the skills you acquire while on placement will be enriched by your learning in College. You’ll be taught by subject specialists, all of whom have years of experience working in the industry, giving you a real taste of the challenges and rewards of a career in health and social care. The full diploma is an A-Level equivalent course, giving you the UCAS points necessary to progress into higher education or the experience and knowledge to start seeking employment. The course is run over two years, the first year you will complete the Level 3 Foundation Diploma, from here you can progress to the 2nd year which is the Level 3 Extended Diploma which is an A-Level equivalent course, giving you the UCAS points necessary to progress into higher education or the experience and knowledge to start seeking employment.

What will I learn?

Theory and practice are both essential in the health and social care industry. Core learning on anatomy and physiology, development through the life stages, psychology and sociology will equip you with the knowledge to study further, and to face a wide range of scenarios and challenges at work. You’ll also learn how to put this knowledge to use in the workplace, covering research methods, examining up-to-date case studies, real-life examples and supporting your study with work experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to obtain a First Aid qualification alongside your studies.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 including English and Maths or?Merit in a relevant level 2 subject and English and Maths.

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service check will be made (DBS).?

You will be interviewed by a member of the lecturing team.

Please note, students wishing to go on to teaching or nursing at University will need 5 GCSES at grade 4 including English, Maths and Science.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

There are a variety of assessment methods including internally marked essays and portfolios from work placement as well as externally assessed exams.

The internally set assessments will be varied in format and in some instances you may be asked to contribute to the design of an assessment.

Additional Costs and Information

Trips incur an additional charge.

You will be required to wear a college t-shirt when on placement which costs approximately £10.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health and Social Care

Career Opportunities

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant

  • Care Worker
  • Adult Nurse
  • Youth Worker

  • Social Worker

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