With a strong vocational element, Health and Social Care is ideal for those looking for a career (or to pursue more study in further and higher education) in the health and social care sector. Practical work and work experience will enhance your learning.
Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels)
We cover a broad range of topics in the Diploma: building positive relationships in health and social care; equality, diversity and rights in the sector; anatomy and physiology; health, safety and security; infection control; a person-centred approach to care; and safeguarding. Further coursework topics include nutrition; sexual health; promoting positive behaviour and psychology for health and social care.
Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)
In addition to the topics outlined above, you’ll complete these additional coursework units: supporting people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions; psychology for health; supporting those with dementia; and looking after children and young people.
Careers and study progression
The fast-growing health and social care sector offers a great choice of fulfilling study, career and apprenticeship opportunities. Successful candidates have an interest in the welfare of people and issues related to health. Many students go on to become teachers, social workers, nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and carers.
Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including grade 4 in
GCSE Mathematics and English Language
A mixture of examinations and internally assessed (moderated) coursework assignments
Grades are awarded at Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass, equivalent
to A Level grades A* to E, and carry the same UCAS entry points.