Awarding Body: CACHE
Qualifications on offer:
- Year 1: Level 3 Award and Certificate
- Year 2: Level 3 Extended Diploma
Summary of course
The student will develop skills and an in-depth understanding of health, including areas such as Human growth and development, Psychology, Communication Skills and infection prevention and control.
The method of learning is by class based activity, project work and research, including work placements.
Work experience: one day per week plus block weeks per year including Day centres, nursing homes, special schools. Performance in placement acts as evidence for vocational practice. You will need to gain clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Equality, Diversity and Rights
- Research Project
- Personal and Professional Development
- Empowerment in health and social care
- Psychological perspectives in health and social care
- Communication in health and social care
- Human growth and development
- Infection prevention and control
- Sociological perspectives in health and social care
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed through:
- written assessments such as reports following research
- practical work
- presentations, displays
- placement logs
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal if you have an interest in progressing into Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Paramedic professions and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma in Year 1 will enable you to progress to the Extended Diploma which equates to 3 A Levels in total.
Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship|
|Specific Course Requirements:||GCSE English and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using a single side of A4 paper, identifying why you wish to work in Health and Social Care.
General Info (materials required for the course)
We recommend you purchase the following items and would ask you to be prepared to pay these costs when you enrol with us in September:
- College polo shirt - £15 approximately
- Textbooks - £40 approximately
- Stationery - £20 approximately
- DBS check - price to be confirmed