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This course will explore the diverse and complex nature of the Health and Social Care sector. Skills and knowledge can 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.

Course content

All students will study:

Year One

Unit 1

Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care

Unit  2

Equality and diversity

Unit 4

Anatomy and physiology

Year Two

Unit 3

Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care

Unit 9

Supporting people with learning disabilities

Unit 10



60% Exam 40% coursework

Each unit has a variety of coursework assignments. Students will write assignments and be graded pass, merit or distinction. Students will sit external exams in three units in January or May. 

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Each unit includes teaching, student research and presentations, coursework writing and practical skills. 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. Well-qualified and experienced teachers support and guide the progress of coursework and co-ordinate links with professionals and care settings.


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. There may be travel costs involved for attending work experience.

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