This course is equivalent to 2 A Levels and will be studied alongside one additional A Level (or equivalent) subject. Health and Social care is an ideal course for those who wish to pursue a career in the Health Care or Social Care sectors. There are more than 300 distinct career paths in this sector which is a major employer, employing almost four million people across the UK.
There is a high percentage of internally assessed coursework, which may appeal to students who prefer a more continuous approach to assessment. The external assessments may be in the form of a written examination, but may also be a set task which is completed during a defined window.
Students will participate in a timetabled work experience placement as part of the course in order to develop a better understanding of the demands of working in the sector and to enhance university, employment or apprenticeship applications.
A Diploma in Health and Social Care can lead to a variety of university and career options in the Health Care and Social Care fields, especially when combined with specific A Level courses.
Health and Social Care particularly complements studies in Biology, Applied Science, Psychology and Sociology.
The course supports access to a range of higher education courses in health and social care disciplines, if taken alongside further level 3 qualifications; for example, combined with Biology, Sociology, Sport or Psychology, it can lead to courses in Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy or Psychology.
5A* - C grades at GCSE (grade 9-4 in English and Mathematics).
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care