Health and Social Care
Here’s what our students have to say…
“Health and social care is basically all about care and communication – you pick a sector which you focus on for your course. I found it really useful because I want to work in schools so I chose that area. You sit an exam which focusses on different disability conditions, how to communicate with them and consider how to care for them properly. Health and Social Care is different to most subjects – there is a lot of writing, lots of coursework and lots of independent study but you get one to one support when you need help. It’s really interesting and is based around real life examples of things so not just theory. I would recommend the course for anyone wanting to work in schools, NHS, social work etc. It’s a good subject for those kinds of careers but you have to be willing to commit because it’s a lot of work!” Kim Jeffreys.
Certificate (Level 3) (Equivalent to 0.5 A Level)
Extended Certificate (Level 3) (Equivalent to 1 A Level)
Duration of programme
1 year for Certificate
2 years for Extended Certificate
You should have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include Maths, English Language and Science. Functional Skills Level 2 will be considered.
It would also be useful if you have completed an OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care, or an OCR Level 1 or 2 Cambridge National in Health and Social Care.
However, individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
The certificate is an Applied General qualification which means it is equivalent to half an A Level. The course will give you an introduction to the health and social care sector and can support other vocational and academic qualifications.
You will study 3 mandatory units:
- Building positive relationships in health and social care
- Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
- Health, safety and security in health and social care
The Extended Certificate is equivalent to a full A Level and in addition to the above 3 mandatory units you will study;
- Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
- Nutrition for health
- Supporting people with mental health conditions.
The course will give you an understanding of health and social care in the wider context of different environments and settings where care takes place, the importance of effective communication in health and social care, the importance of legislation in health and social care and how to deliver a person-centred approach in the care given. You will also be taught transferable skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation. Role play is often used to enhance learning.
Learning is supported through the use of a virtual learning environment known as Moodle which will allow you to independently access any resources relevant to your studies. This will also help you to prepare for studies in Higher Education.
Certificate: One third will be coursework and two thirds exam
Extended Certificate: 50% coursework and 50% exam
Most students progress to Higher Education, often studying health and social care-related programmes such as Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies.