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Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma

Why Study Health and Social Care?

Our diploma course in Health & Social Care is designed to prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Health & Social Care focuses on the skills, knowledge, and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 3
  • GCSE Maths – grade 3

The Course

Work placement is an integral part of our course, where students will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support. We combine this with class-based teaching of the theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met.

Course Activities

Students will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses. Students will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that they can ensure the people they are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm
or abuse while at work. We recommend that you devote 4.5 hours of private study time per week to this subject.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Many Health & Social Care students progress to careers in nursing, social work, health management or allied medical careers such as dietetics, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy or public services such as the police. Career progression may be via further study at university in a diverse range of subjects, or through an apprenticeship scheme. Some students may go straight to a career within the care sector. Health & Social Care offers very diverse career structures and opportunities in a field which can only keep expanding with the ever-increasing needs of the growing population.

Course Structure and Assessment

This two-year course is the equivalent of two A Levels. It comprises a number of units assessed by
coursework or exams.

The coursework-assessed units include:

  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages
  • Infection Control
  • Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions
  • Psychology n Sociology
  • Public Health

The examined units include:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health, Safety and Security n Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personalisation and a Person-Centred Approach to Care
  • Safeguarding

Additional Information

Examination Board: OCR


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