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Health and Social Care Level 3 Vocational at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

There are variety of ways of studying Health and Social Care at the College and you can chose which course is best for you.You can study Health and Social Care Level 3 with A Levels or complete the larger qualification and this will be all you study alongside completing week long placements in Health and Social Care sectors across the course. 
Learners will develop a better understanding of the demands of this sector to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the sector when applying for further study. Learners are required to undertake work experience as part of the course. This will provide you with a vocational context in which you can develop the knowledge and skills required for your chosen career path. 

Course content

The teaching will include a variety of learning styles: the lessons are further brought to life by exciting activities including role-plays, group discussions, debates and student presentations. There is an enthusiastic and caring atmosphere in the department and Individual tutorials are regularly available to all students as part of their studies. Students are regularly visited whilst on work training and there is close liaison with training placement supervisors. 

Entry requirements

If a student does not have either GCSE Maths and/or English Language this must form part of their programme. Where a student has a high average GCSE score but needs to take both GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language then they will do this in combination with 2 or 3 AS levels or BTEC Certificates, or a BTEC 90-credit Diploma.

Ability to meet coursework and deadlines and complete independent research. 


Learners taking this qualification will study eight mandatory units and five optional units which are either internally or externally assessed. The eight mandatory units include: 
1. Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
2. Human Lifespan Development
3. Working in Health and Social Care
4. Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs
5. Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
6. Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care 
7. Promoting Public Health
8. Work Experience in Health and Social Care 

Financial information

3-4 separate weeks of work experience* each year. Students must be police checked through DBS: approx. £44. Visits/ exhibitions: approx. £50*.

Future opportunities

This qualification is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, eg. Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc. 
This course will provide you with transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:the ability to learn independently the ability to research actively and methodically to be able to give presentations and be active group members. 
This course will enable you to benefit from opportunities for deep learning where you are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. 

Further information

Resources and Facilities 
Students will be taught by very well-qualified and experienced teachers. Many of the staff have had previous working experience in the area of care or health.There are four teaching rooms, all of which contain up-to-date teaching resources. The learning environment is designed to allow students to participate in both practical and theoretical activities. There is a wide range of relevant books and periodicals within the department and the Learning Resources Centre. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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