Health & Social Care Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

The vital services and essential support provided by health and social care workers have never been more evident than in the recent Covid19 pandemic. The key role played by the health and social care sector throughout the crisis was recognised by Government, communities and families. Our Level 3 Health and Social Care courses give you the opportunity to gain an excellent introduction to a future career in this growing sector. 

This course is available to study as a: 

  • Diploma (120-credit course, equivalent to 2 A Levels) 
  • Extended Diploma (180-credit course, equivalent to 3 A Levels)

You will study relevant modules such as anatomy and physiology, safeguarding, equality and diversity and research methods. You will gain an understanding of the health and social care sector, the different individuals you might meet and care for or support and the importance of effective communication and safe practice in the sector. You will learn by applying your skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks and activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and child care workplaces.

There are two work placements that form a key part of the course by providing you with experience of the reality of care work and the opportunity to develop your core care skills. In addition to your academic studies, you will be offered further enrichment activities to link classroom learning to first-hand practice and boost your CV. 

Teaching is by specialist staff who have the relevant knowledge and vocational experience to support your learning and future progression. You will finish the course equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto University, apprenticeships, employment or further specialist training; opening up a wide range of career opportunities such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Paramedic and Child-care roles. 

Year 1 Modules

  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safeguarding
  • Public Health
  • Caring for Older People (Extended Diploma only)
  • Research Methods in Health, Social and Child Care (Extended Diploma only)

Year 2 Modules

  • Infection Control
  • Personalisation
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Supporting People with Learning Disabilities (Extended Diploma only)
  • The Impact of long-term Physiological Conditions (Extended Diploma only)
  • Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions (Extended Diploma only)


Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including:
    • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature
    • Merit in Level 2 Health & Social Care if taken

Assessment - Diploma

  • 45% Exam
  • 55% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Assessment - Extended Diploma

  • 40% Exam
  • 60% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Exam Results 2022:

  • Diploma: 57% D*D* - DD
  • Extended Diploma: 55% D*D*D* - DDD


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Why choose this course? 

Health, social and child care is not just about caring for or helping others. These sectors shape lives and drive transformation, enabling us to develop as individuals and as a community.

This course will challenge you to achieve your best, through understanding individual care needs, applying theory to practice and preparing yourself for the transition to the workplace. The variety of units covered will introduce you to many areas of practice that you could later work in, therefore if you are keen to experience new opportunities, this is the course for you!

There are plenty of opportunities for students to expand their classroom learning through enrichment activities. You'll be actively encouraged to seek relevant work experience in a health, social or early years setting, with time set aside during the course to allow for participation in this.

Other specialist activities that we aim to offer (subject to availability) include a first aid qualification, mental health training, Dementia Friends and talks by guest speakers in relevant areas of the sector. Please note that some of these optional activities do incur fees.

Skills you'll gain

This course will provide you with a broad and diverse skill set, preparing you for a multitude of careers in health, social or childcare.

From the beginning of the course, you will be encouraged to take ownership of your learning through self-directed tasks and independent and group study.

You will undertake practical assessments focusing on communication skills, infection control procedures and health promotion. Your assessments will challenge you to think critically, apply an open and non-judgemental mind-set and reflect on situations, a crucial ability when working in this sector.

After Long Road

The Health and Social Care course equips students with versatile skills, enabling a diverse range of next steps after college.

Many students have progressed onto university courses including nursing (all fields), midwifery, paramedic science, social work, primary teaching, psychology and sociology.

Other students have secured employment or apprenticeships in practical roles such as clinical support, domiciliary care and early years’ education, as well as administrative roles in community healthcare settings.

Some students have used their skills to undertake gap years volunteering abroad.

This is a thrilling course as it highlights multiple topics and content that is interesting and exciting at the same time.