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Health & Social Care (Diploma) (Level 3)

This is a two year course, but students will achieve accreditation for a Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 full A2 Level) in Health and Social Care at the end of the first year.  The units studied as part of this course will provide you with an in depth knowledge of key subject areas in Health and Social Care including:
• Building positive relationships
• Equality, diversity and rights in including personalisation and a person-centred approach to care
• Theories of human development as well as knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
• The importance of health, safety and security including safeguarding
• The importance of nutrition for good health
• Psychology including supporting people with mental health conditions
• Infection control

The high level of knowledge and skills required to achieve this qualification enables you to progress to Higher Education within Health and Social Care, or a related field of study, as well as providing you with a strong basis on which to build within the workplace if that is your preferred future route into caring professions.

You should take this qualification if you want to progress to further learning at Level 4 or above in a related field of study. Upon completion of this qualification you will be able to access Higher Education and progress into a wide range of job roles within the Health and Social Care sector such as:
• 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.
• This qualification is accredited as a ‘science’ for entry onto many university nursing courses.

A four day educational visit to Euro Disney ensures students experience the wider application of their studies beyond the classroom.

5 GCSEs at 9 – 4. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

• Building positive relationships
• Equality, diversity and rights
• Health, safety and security
• Anatomy and physiology
• Psychology
• Nutrition for health

• Supporting people with mental health conditions
• Infection control
• Personalisation and a person centred approach to care
• Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages
• The impact of long term physiological conditions
• Safeguarding

The Examination Board for this course is OCR.

The assessment for this course is predominantly by coursework portfolio (55%), although there are also five external assessments which assess student understanding. These are split such that three will be taken during Year 12 and two will be taken during Year 13.
Although there is no formal requirement to undertake volunteering within any Health and Social Care settings as part of this qualification you will be strongly encouraged to do so given how beneficial such experience will be when producing your coursework portfolios.

This course is especially well complemented by studying any of the following subjects:
• Applied Science
• Biology
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Childcare

For further information, please contact - Miss L Hartley / [email protected]