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Health and Social Care (Vocational) - Level 3


This course is part of our 2+1 offer and must be studied alongside two other A Level courses. It is the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 75 hours.

Entry requirements of Higher Education institutions may specify the need for more work experience. Placement is a crucial element of the learner's journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings which could support learners:

  • Adult residential care home
  • Nursing home
  • Day centre
  • Supported/sheltered accommodation
  • Community care
  • Hospital
Recommended courses to study alongside this certificate include:

What will I study?

Nine externally set mandatory units (graded A*-D) including:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in HSC
  • Communication in HSC
  • Sociological Perspective in HSC
  • Human Growth and Development              
  • Infection Prevention and Control in HSC      
  • Working in HSC
  • Safeguarding in HSC
  • Psychological Perspectives in HSC
  • Reflective Practice

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths
  • Science with 44/CC (double science) or 444/CCC (triple science)
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required prior to starting this course
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

There are nine externally set ‘core mandatory’ units. Each unit is assessed using a variety of methods: essays, posters, practical and reflective accounts. At the end of the second year there is an external assessment.

To successfully complete this technical certificate you must complete all nine units, the external assessment and the placement.

Students will be awarded 84 UCAS points for A*, 72 UCAS points for A, 60 UCAS points for B and 48 UCAS points for a C and 36 UCAS points for a D grade.

What does the course lead to?

This qualification does not provide a licence to practice, but may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  • Nursing, midwifery and social work.
  • Care support workers in adult residential settings.
  • Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments.
  • Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services.
  • Community-based support workers.

What can I progress onto?

This certificate supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector. These include: nursing, midwifery and social work.

The qualification also supports progression to further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

Next steps

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