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In Short

Expanding your knowledge of the health and social care sector will increase your employment prospects. This is a work-related qualification that will help you to develop skills to work effectively and expand your knowledge and understanding in the different specialist areas of health and social care. There is a mixture of theory and practical work within this course. It will help you to understand and choose the areas of work that you might like to specialise in within the sector. All students will undertake a work placement within the sector during their study.


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview. 5 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above including English or equivalent. Other information including references, assessment results, relevant experience and portfolio material may also be taken into account. – Students will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service application (formerly CRB) to attend work placements. More information about your Disclosure and Barring Service check will be provided at enrollment. Other information such as references, assessment results, relevant experience and portfolio material may be taken into consideration at the College’s discretion.


Course Content

Units may include:

  • Communication
  • Individual rights
  • Safety
  • Human development
  • Creative and therapeutic activities
  • The impact of diet.


How will I be assessed?

You will need to complete and pass six units. Work experience is offered as part of this course with local employers; this will enable you to apply your new skills in a real working situation.

Students will complete a range of assessments, including essays, role plays, presentations and reports.


This qualification is designed to enable you to enter employment at a trainee level within a wide range of health and social care settings. It should be noted that some careers have a minimum age for entry. You may progress to further education, such as the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or an Advanced Apprenticeship programme.



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. Specific books will be advised nearer the time of study. A basic uniform of a polo shirt is required for placements and you can purchase this at enrolment from the College.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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