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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above. Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.



Exam board: OCR

100%Pass Rate in Summer 2018

This highly relevant and fascinating course will explore the diverse and complex nature of the Health and Social Care sectors, which are crucial to the core foundations and beliefs of Britain's much valued Welfare State, especially the NHS and provision for older people or people with disabilities.

Skills and knowledge will be developed as well as an awareness of the needs of particular service user groups, such as early years care and education, older people or individuals with specific needs.



You have a choice as to whether to study the Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care which is the equivalent to 1 A-level or the Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care which is the equivalent to 2 A-levels.

The Diploma provides greater depth and breadth for students specifically considering the Health or Care sectors as future career or university paths.

Course content

All students will study the following units:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care 
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care 
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care  
  • Nutrition for Health  
  • The impact of Long-Term Physiological Conditions  

Students on the Technical Diploma (2 A-level equivalent) will also study the following units:

  • Personalised and Person-Centred Approach to Care 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Infection Control
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing  
  • Supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Caring for older people


Assessment is via a mixture of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed units.

Extended Certificate = 60% External Assessment

Technical Diploma = 46% External Assessment

External assessment will be set and marked by the exam board. An overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star is then awarded.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Each unit includes teaching, student research and presentations, coursework writing and practical skills. Well-qualified and experienced teachers support and guide the progress of coursework and co-ordinate links with professionals and care settings. We strongly advise each student to arrange a regular voluntary placement in a health and social care setting to complement their classroom studies. This could be helping with scouts or brownies or supporting in a primary school or serving teas in a care home. Students may need to update or apply for a DBS (Data Barring Service) certificate to work or volunteer with vulnerable people, and this may have an additional cost attached.


This course in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points, enabling students to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects, such as education, social work and nursing.  Students could also go on to relevant employment within health and social care services.


Students are expected to purchase USB sticks. They should have class materials for each lesson, and be able to meet their printing and photocopying costs as needed.

As any potential work / employment experience is voluntary at present, and not an essential part of the course, the requirement to produce a DBS may not be enforced, or may be at a reduced volunteers rate, although these costs are subject to national changes.

There may also be minor transport costs involved in establishing care setting links, which are important for research, skill development and university applications.