Health & Social Care

Cambridge Technical level 3

Would you like to work with people? Do you want to work in the biggest employment sector in the UK? Do you have good communication skills? Are you a caring individual? Do you get enjoyment from helping others?

Cambridge technicals are designed with the work place in mind.  They are an alternative to A-level and allow students to do a combination of examined units and coursework units. The exam board has worked in conjunction with universities, employers and industry specialists to make sure students gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century.

Health and Social Care level 3 can be studied at 3 different qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate which is equivalent to one A-level
Cambridge Technical Diploma which is equivalent to two A-levels
Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

What will I study?

Students will study a range of units depending on the qualification size they choose.

  • building positive relationships in health and social care
  • equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • health, safety and security in health and social care
  • anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • infection control
  • personalisation and a person-centered approach to care
  • safeguarding.

What do students do afterwards?

Students have gone onto study a wide range of university courses ranging from nursing to psychology.  90% of our students go on to study at degree level.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a combination of written exams and coursework.

What can i do to prepare?

Talk to students who are already doing the course or have done the course.

Course extras

Work experience

About the Course

This course offers you the chance to explore a wide range of Health and Social Care issues and debates from a range of different perspectives. It enables you to explore the many factors that impact upon Health and Social Care with a particular focus on social issues and experiences. The course is ideal for those with an interest in health and social care and a desire to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

What factors influence health and well-being? Why do different social groups experience health and well-being differently? How do we address inequalities in health and social care? How does policy affect health and social care? How can we work with individuals, families and communities to promote health and well-being? How can we safeguard vulnerable and marginalised groups? Study Health and Social Care and you will explore the answers to these key questions.

By studying this qualification, you will develop a thorough understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice. There is an emphasis on developing practical skills alongside academic knowledge. The course has input from a wide range of frontline workers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors and you are able to develop the practical skills necessary for careers in Health and Social Care through work-based learning, work on case studies and applied research projects within the local community. Working with you, we aim to develop reflective, autonomous and responsible health and social care practitioners who are able to work with a range of service user groups.

As a subject discipline, Health and Social Care (H&SC) combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. Typically, students of Health and Social Care will have a work placement alongside their academic studies; such a placement may take place in a nursery, residential home, hospital, or other caring establishment. Others may take a health and social care course as a route to further qualifications hoping that it will lead to employment within the sector.

Depending on their qualification, students may start off as care assistants and develop care pathways to become doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, paramedics or a range of other related occupations.