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In Short

The health and social care sector relies on fully trained and enthusiastic carers. Gaining work experience and broadening your knowledge of the sector will allow you to become a valued member of any team. Taught over two years, units include; communication, equality and diversity, and development through life stages and will allow students to progress into industry or to university


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview. 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and maths or equivalent or a Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care with Merit.  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. References may be taken into consideration. Other information such as assessment results, relevant experience and portfolio material may be taken into consideration at the College’s discretion.


Course Content

You will be taught 18 units over two years.

Units may include:

  • Communication in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Development through life stages
  • Safeguarding adults and promoting independence.

You will complete significant work experience as part of this course.


How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Assignments will involve individual and group work and will require the completion of investigations, reports and presentations. Each year you will also complete three exams for a total of six across the full two years of the course.



You can progress to employment and undertake other related occupational training in the workplace, or you can progress to university for training in nursing, social work, and other related professions. You will also be able to progress onto the Foundation degree in Health & Social Care at Weymouth College.



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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