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Health and Social Care (Vocational) - Level 3


Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 75 hours.

Entry requirements of Higher Education institutions may specify the need for more work experience. Placement is a crucial element of the learner's journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings which could support learners:

  • Adult residential care home
  • Nursing home
  • Day centre
  • Supported/sheltered accommodation
  • Community care
  • Hospital

This is a Level 3 certificate in health and social care, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and must be studied alongside two A Level subjects.

Recommended courses to study alongside this certificate include:

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Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths
  • Science with 44/CC (double science) or 444/CCC (triple science)
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required prior to starting this course
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

How long is the course?

This qualification is the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels and is to be studied alongside two A Levels, for two years.


How will I be assessed?

There are nine externally set ‘core mandatory’ units. Each unit is assessed using a variety of methods: essays, posters, practical and reflective accounts. At the end of the second year there is an external assessment.

To successfully complete this technical certificate you must complete all nine units, the external assessment and the placement.

Students will be awarded 84 UCAS points for A*, 72 UCAS points for A, 60 UCAS points for B and 48 UCAS points for a C and 36 UCAS points for a D grade.

What does the course lead to?

This qualification does not provide a licence to practice, but may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  • Nursing, midwifery and social work.
  • Care support workers in adult residential settings.
  • Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments.
  • Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services.
  • Community-based support workers.

What will I study?

Nine externally set mandatory units (graded A*-D) including:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in HSC
  • Communication in HSC
  • Sociological Perspective in HSC
  • Human Growth and Development              
  • Infection Prevention and Control in HSC      
  • Working in HSC
  • Safeguarding in HSC
  • Psychological Perspectives in HSC
  • Reflective Practice

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

This certificate supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector. These include: nursing, midwifery and social work.

The qualification also supports progression to further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.


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