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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). 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 OCR Technical Introductory Diploma which is the equivalent to 1 A-level or the OCR Technical Diploma 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 HE paths.

Course content

All students will study the following units:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Development through the life stages
  • Safeguarding
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Sociological / Psychological Perspectives
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Understanding Public Health


Assessment is 100% coursework. Each unit has a variety of coursework assignments. Students will write assignments and be graded pass, merit or distinction.

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.