What is this course about?

This is a two year course which covers different aspects of health and social care. It will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of how to provide high quality care and support to others. As well as this, communication skills that are vital for providing quality care.

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. There is a practical element to this unit.

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 and how legislation and national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice. This is assessed through external 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

Within this unit, you will explore various human biological systems as well as malfunctions and treatments. This is assessed through external examination.

How you will be assessed:

A combination of external examinations and internally set coursework.

The first year of study will be:

  • 2 x 1.30 hour external examination.
  • 1 x internally assessed unit.

The second year of study will be:

  • 1 x 2 hour external examination.
  •  2 x internally assessed units.

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 and Science.
  • A keen interest in the health and social care sector.