Health and Social Care

Through the study of Health and Social Care, you’ll learn about the physiological, emotional, ethical and legal aspects of working in this important sector. From the rights and responsibilities involved in providing care and support for those in need, to the biological basis of illness and ailments, to how public health and social campaigns work to improve the quality of life for all; you’ll have a diverse understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin Health and Social Care careers in the UK.

Course Type

Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate

Entry requirements

  • Grade C in GCSE Core and Additional Science or Grade C in GCSE Biology
  • Level 5 in GCSE English Language

Please note that we will accept some combinations of BTEC and Cambridge Technical qualifications in Health and Social Care at Level 2 Merit with Level 2 Passes in examined units, or GCSE in Health and Social Care at Grade C, in lieu of one or both GCSEs in Core and Additional Science. Should you wish to discuss whether or not you would meet these entry requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Course breakdown

In Year 12, you will study:

  • Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

In Year 13, you will study:

  • Unit 4 – Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 14 – The impact of long term physiological conditions In addition to one of:
  • Unit 10 – Nutrition for Health
  • Unit 24 – Public Health

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care.

  • Coursework: Unit 1 – 33.3% of Certificate
  • Exam: Unit 2 – 1.5 hours – 33.3% of Certificate
  • Exam: Unit 3 – 1.5 hours – 33.3% of Certificate

There will be the opportunity to re-sit the exams once more in January 2018 or June 2018, should you need to.

At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. This will include the results for Units 1, 2 and 3, where each count for 16.6%, in addition to:

  • Exam: Unit 4 – 2 hours – 25% of Extended Certificate
  • Coursework: Unit 14 – 16% of Extended Certificate
  • Coursework: Unit 10 or 24 – 9% of Extended Certificate

Where can the course lead?

Where can the course lead?

Health and Social Care is a strong choice if you are interested in pursuing any healthcare or social care related career. The course is not just an appropriate choice for those wishing to pursue a career in nursing or as a social worker, but is also a great choice if you wish to explore careers in public administration, or have aspirations to work as a paramedic, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician, counsellor or mental health worker.