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Health and Social Care Level 3 at The Holy Cross School

Course description

In this course you will develop an interest and an understanding of health, education, social care and issues affecting the care sector. Year one comprises of two mandatory units. The first one introduces you to factors affecting the quality of life, focusing on the care principles, skills and techniques required by both formal and informal carers on how to treat individuals within a range of care settings. The second unit will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence an individual’s health and well-being and how recent government initiatives promote good health.

In Year 2 you will study two further units. The first unit is based on providing learners with knowledge and understanding of common diseases and illnesses, in addition to a range of disability conditions and impairments. Content will cover: the basic concepts, cause and effect, care management process, legislation and barriers to care, risk reduction strategies and the burden of disability and disease.  The second unit is based on demographic changes to include life expectancy, the impact on the provision of health and social care services and the impact of the management of long-term conditions. This unit will also include the physical and cognitive effects of ageing in addition to the rights and responsibilities of older individuals.

The course provides a suitable foundation for employment and higher education in the health care and education sectors

Course content

Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care and Communication.

Examination in July (40%)

Unit 2: Promoting Good Health.

This is a portfolio based on a health promotion campaign focussed on a specific target group. This is internally assessed and externally moderated (60%)

Unit 3: Disease, Illness and Disability (40% pre-release paper)

Unit 4: Ageing Demographic.  This is internally assessed and externally moderated (60%)

Entry requirements

GCSE Level 5 or above in English Language and GCSE Level 4 or above in Double/Triple Science (or Distinction in BTEC Science) and GCSE Level 4 or above in Mathematics.


GCSE Level B in Health and Social Care. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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