What is this course about?

This is a two year vocational course which covers all aspects of health and social care across the life stages. It will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of how to provide high quality care and support to others.

When taken alongside other qualifications such as biology, English or sport you will be able to progress to higher education or apprenticeships within the area of health and care, education or health and well-being.


What you will study?

Unit 1 Building Positive Relationships in H&SC You will develop an understanding of relationships within health, social care and childcare environments. You will explore different types of relationships and factors that influence communication. This unit is assessed through coursework.

Unit 2 Equability, Diversity and rights in H&SC You will develop an understanding of concepts relating to equality, diversity, rights and how these are applied in the context of health, social care and childcare environments. You will also explore the impact discriminatory practices have on individuals across sectors & how legislation & national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice. This is assessed through examination.

Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in H&SC You will develop an understanding of potential hazards in health, social care and child care environments. You will explore how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security across sectors and environments. This is assessed through examination.

Unit 4 Anatomy and physiology for H&SC You will explore the cardiovascular system, malfunctions & their impact on individuals. You will also investigate other body systems such as the digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory and sensory. This is assessed through examination. In addition to these 4 units we study two additional coursework units. These are selected with cohort’s interest in mind.


What will it prepare you for?

When taken alongside other L3 BTEC or A level qualifications, this course can help you to progress onto higher education or into an apprenticeship.

There are many relevant health and social care degree courses including nursing, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, primary teaching, special needs and early years.

In addition students will be fully prepared to undertake apprenticeships in the health, social care or early years sectors.


Subject entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade 4 or above in English.
  • A keen interest in the health and social care sector.