Level 3 - Exam Board: Edexcel 

  • How do we meet a person’s specific care needs?
  • What factors affect physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children?
  • How can we apply Psychology to the work of Health & Social Care professionals?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level subject option block. 
  • You are interested in Health or Social care and wish to develop personal and professional skills .
  • You are committed to care values such as equal opportunities.
  • You want to study a course which places emphasis on developing skills as well as academic achievement.
  • You want to engage in practical activities and learn from Health & Social Care practitioners.


Where does it lead?

The Health & Social Care course provides preparation for a wide range of careers within the care field including nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and working with children in a variety of settings. Skills gained on these courses are also transferable to a range of other careers. 

There are many related courses which you could study in Higher Education, ranging from health promotion to Psychology.  If you wish to become a teacher, you should study Health and Social Care alongside a National Curriculum based subject at A Level.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Human Life Span Development

You will be introduced to the Human Life Span and learn about the different stages of development. This unit is assessed via an exam.

Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

You will gain knowledge and understanding of the different options of support and care that is provided for a range of needs. This unit is assessed via coursework.


Year 2

Working in Health & Social Care

You will prepare for employment within the areas of health, social care and children’s services. This will enable you to reflect on your own suitability for employment in different job roles, and will also provide opportunities to build on your knowledge and understanding of caring skills and techniques. This will be assessed via a controlled assessment.

Psychological Perspectives

You will gain an insight into the main psychological perspectives and how they apply to Health and Social Care. This will be assessed via coursework.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework assignments, controlled assessments and examinations.


What activities can I get involved in?

You will have the opportunity to complete a block work experience placement with this course.

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


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