This course is a great introduction to the ever-changing and rewarding world of health and social care. You will be taught by teachers from a range of disciplines and have the chance to complete a variety of work placements in health and social care settings that interest you. You will study a vast array of subjects, including social sciences, laws and biological units and have the opportunity to attend trips to appropriate health and social care settings.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs, grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English or an appropriate Level 2 course at Distinction. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required.

What will I learn?

Gain specialist knowledge and understanding in health and social care

Learn best practices for the sector

Gain valuable work experience

Learn from industry practitioners

Work Experience

You’ll carry out a minimum of 100 hours work experience over the two year course, in a variety of settings according to your interests.


You’ll study the mandatory units plus selected optional units. Amongst other topics, you’ll examine how practitioners can communicate effectively with a range of service users and make sure that any possible barriers to communication are overcome. You’ll have the opportunity to look at the impact of discrimination upon users of service and how practitioners work to promote anti-discriminatory practice when working in health and care settings. In looking at how to maintain health and safety you will focus on yourself as a worker as well as the users of service and the setting itself.
You’ll look at how individuals develop throughout their life stages and the impact of our anatomy and physiology on health and well-being.
You’ll be taught by teachers from a range of disciplines and learn about psychological, sociological and biological perspectives on health and social care. We investigate users of service of all ages and you will study how practitioners work to maintain the safety and well-being of those they are caring for.


You will take four externally-assessed examinations as well as written and practical assignments such as essays and reports, presentations, videos, discussions and visual displays.

Enrichment Opportunities

This is planned on a year-by-year basis according to local opportunities, but we normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of health and social care. In addition, we arrange trips to appropriate health and social care settings.

Career and Progression

You can continue your studies at degree level in a related area such as nursing, midwifery or occupational therapy. You can also apply for a range of junior level positions in areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, and social and community work.

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