Health and Social Care Level 3

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Course Information

  • Course Code: HS035-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 3 in Health & Social Care is equivalent to two A-Levels and is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in Health or Social Care or progress onto an Access to Health Care Professions course at college. It provides a practical insight into a range of Health & Social Care related topics and will include a substantial amount of valuable work experience.

What will I study?

The course consists of 12 Health & Social Care units, which include:

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care Settings
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Health, Safety & Security in Care Settings
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Maths & English*


*If you have not achieved a Grade C or above in your Maths and English Language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.

In addition to your main course and work placement, you will gain a certificate in First Aid and have the opportunity to study functional skills in maths, or resit GCSE maths if required.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is recommended for those who have achieved four or more A*- C Grade GCSEs including English or for progressing students have completed a level 2 diploma at a Merit grade. You will also need a satisfactory police check (DBS).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via coursework. You will be assessed through assignment tasks and practical experiences. Assignments are based on real life scenarios that you would encounter in a health and social care setting and many of the tasks are directly linked to your work placement. Assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What can I do next?

This qualification can lead into employment in a Health and Social Care setting, or students can progress on to an Access to Health Care Professions course at UCBC, or many students progress onto higher education.

Your Study Programme

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Based in the £18.3 million Beacon Centre, you will have access to practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities, as well as dedicated IT suites with interactive whiteboards. You will also have use of the free WiFi across campus, college canteens and the library and resource centre, which houses over 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

All of our learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, care homes, day centres, childrens settings and dementia units. It is vital that you learn first aid, and our trained first aiders have the specialist equipment needed to train you with the necessary first aid skills and qualifications. 

Our learners will also have the opportunity to take part in volunteering opportunities such as coffee mornings for cancer charitites and soup kitchen volunteering. Both of which will enhance your CV and employability skills.

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